Sky show may have been meteor

A screen shot of the meteor flash as seen from Madison. /University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences

People in the region with a view of the sky last night are reporting seeing a strange streak and flash.

Reports are that it may have been a meteorite or perhaps space junk burning up on re-entry into earth’s atmosphere.

Time lapse photos as seen from Madison are available here from the University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences.

Did you see it? What did it look like to you? What did you think it was? Leave a comment.



  1. Michelle Fratus says:

    My husband and I were returning to Twin Lakes from Antioch, IL. We were going over Fox River in Wilmot near Stage Stop when I saw this bright light streak. We were both trying to think was it a firework, a flare? Turned on news this morning to find it may have been a meteor. Was weird and cool looking at the same time.

  2. Matt says:

    I saw it. I stepped outside to have a cigarette before heading to bed. I saw what first looked like the landing lights of a plane, then a huge fireball that eventually turned green. After it turned green, it stayed burning for awhile before it looked like what appeared to explode. It remained green for a short time after, then it just looked like a bunch of little fireballs. It did have a slight “exploding” sound to it, which I later learned could have just been sonic booms. It was intresting, thats for sure!! It made the hair on the back of my neck stand up!! I am glad I was able to witness it!

  3. Chris Gustafson says:

    Just watch the video link of a small white object desending from the upper righthand side of the screen.

    Noticed a second larger white blob with small tail streak enter from the middle right of the screen moving in a flatter horizontal direction that seems to have intercepted the trajectory of the smaller white dot one frame before the white flash. Is quite interesting!

  4. Diane says:

    Was sitting at my computer when the house shook and a large BOOM. I jumped up and thought what was that??
    Did a neighbors house blow up? I waited and heard no sirens.

    This morning at work everyone was talking about the lights and the Boom that shook houses…I felt much better.

    I am a former Bristol resident but now live over by the Mississippi River.

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