Green Streak, Possible Large Meteor Sighting, about 10:15 pm Friday; Lyrids Starting

There were multiple sightings of a green fireball, initially believed to be a meteor, falling in the sky late Friday about 10:15 p.m. Central time from witnesses in Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan, Iowa, Kentucky, Missouri and Tennessee.

A Fox News webcam in Belleville, IL, near St. Louis, recorded the fireball at about 10:16 p.m. Video from the Eckert’s Farm webcam (position) was posted on the St Louis Fox 2 TV Station Facebook page for meteorologist Chris Higgins.

The April Lyrids meteor shower’s annual show is specified to last from April 16 to April 26. The radiant of the meteor shower is located in the constellation Lyra, near this constellation’s brightest star, Alpha Lyrae (proper name Vega). The peak for Lyrids meteor shower is typically around April 22-23 each year. Unfortunately, this year there is a Full Moon on during the peak, but if the Lyrids are active, as they seem to be so far this year, there will be plenty of meteors to see ahead of April 22, 2016.

People can report fireball and meteor sightings to the American Meteor Society — www.amsmeteors.org

NASA photo of the day from April 23, 2015 …




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