Meteor Witnessed in Grafton, Wisconsin and Lisle and Morton Grove, Illinois


Possible meteor sighting in Wisconsin and northern Illinois.

A meteor was captured on at least two Chicago suburban police department dash cams. Both images looked very similar in both dash cams positioned northbound.

A Lisle police vehicle dash cam captured the meteor image at 1:25 a.m. Monday February 6, 2017 while heading northbound on Blackhawk Lane at I-88.

A Morton Grove police vehicle dash cam also captured the meteor image while heading northbound from an unknown location.

A sonic boom was also reported by witnesses as the meteor fell.

The current annual meteor shower is the Alpha Centaurids meteor shower, which peaks in early February. However, Alpha Centaurids are usually visible in or near the constellation Centaurus, which is viewed in the southern hemisphere. At our latitude in Chicago, only one star, Alhakim, is visible as a member of the constellation Centaurus. In Chicagoland, Alhakim is visible low in the southern horizon. The 1:25 a.m. meteor was located near the northern horizon in Chicagoland and Wisconsin.




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