Fireball mystery solved

Friday, April 13, 2012

People in seven states reported seeing a fireball in the sky last night.

They weren't sure exactly what was streaking across the sky, but astronomers from the Adler Planetarium confirm it was a meteor.

"This was a very bright meteor," said astronomer Dr. Mark Hammergren. "It was brighter than the planet Venus is in the sky. So almost as bright as like a quarter moon. So that's very bright as far as these go."

There's no predicting meteors, but astronomers say April tends to be a good time for spotting fireballs because there's a higher concentration of debris from the asteroid belt at this time of the year.

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