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Possible meteor streaks across Midwestern skies

Possible meteor streaks across Midwestern skies
Image of fireball captured from webcam at University of Wisconsin, Madison.

It's a bird, it's a plane, it's…something really, really bright.

The National Weather Service in Milwaukee said they received numerous reports of a bright fireball that lit up the skies across the southern half of Wisconsin Wednesday night just after 10 p.m. Central Time.

National Weather Service offices in La Crosse, Wisconsin, Davenport and Des
Moines, Iowa, and St. Louis and Kansas City in Missouri all received numerous reports of a fireball from law enforcement officials and the public around the same time as the reports in the Milwaukee area.

The agency says while no official determination has been made of what caused the fireball, whether it might be space debris, a meteor, etc, there is a meteor shower currently occurring called the Gamma Virginids. It began April 4 and is expected to last through April 21 with the peak activity Wednesday and Thursday.

A large meteorite could have caused the brilliant fireball that has been reported.

Here is a link to see a rough animation from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.