Lightshow over Iowa

by Anonymous on Apr. 15th, 2010

This rare video of a bolide entering Earth's atmosphere was captured around 10PM last night by the dashboard camera of a sheriff's department vehicle in northeastern Iowa. The fireball was also seen in Wisconsin.

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ARTiFactor's picture
ARTiFactor says:

My wife saw this meteor last night while driving. She said she pulled off the road because it was so fantastic. She said it was green colored. Copper?

posted on Thu, 04/15/2010 - 9:41am
mdr's picture
mdr says:

According to Wikipedia, a blue/green color results from the ionization of the element magnesium in the meteor. I wish I could have seen it. Did your wife hear any sonic booms? There have been reports of hearing them as the fireball entered the atmosphere.

posted on Thu, 04/15/2010 - 10:03am
Joe's picture
Joe says:

I wish I could have seen/heard this too. So cool.

posted on Thu, 04/15/2010 - 11:37am
mdr's picture
mdr says:

Back in the early 1970s I saw a similar astronomical event in Duluth, MN. I was working at a television station located up on top of the hill. My shift ended at around 10:30PM and as some of us walked out of the station we were presented with the sight of a large fireball (about 50% the size of a full moon) streaking silently across the sky in a south to north direction. It's tail arced across a quarter of the night sky. It was quite memorable.

posted on Thu, 04/15/2010 - 11:59am
ARTiFactor's picture
ARTiFactor says:

I remember sleeping under the stars near Phantom Ranch at the bottom of the Grand Canyon and seeing a large fireball change colors as it raced across the sky. Fall of 1968, I think. My wife was on Hwy 10 between Ramsey and Blaine.

posted on Thu, 04/15/2010 - 4:57pm

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