End Times News Update
Sign: Signs in the Heavens
Scripture: Luke 21:11
News Source: CNN
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Massive fireball reported across Midwestern sky
By the CNN Wire Staff
April 15, 2010 10:06 a.m. EDT

(CNN) — Authorities in several Midwestern states were flooded
Wednesday night with reports of a gigantic fireball lighting up the
sky, the National Weather Service said.

The fireball was visible for about 15 minutes beginning about 10 p.m.,
said the National Weather Service in Sullivan, Wisconsin, just west of
Milwaukee.

“The fireball was seen over the northern sky, moving from west to
east,” said the NWS in the Quad Cities area, which includes parts of
Iowa and Illinois.

“Well before it reached the horizon, it broke up into smaller pieces
and was lost from sight,” the service said. “Several reports of a
prolonged sonic boom were received from areas north of Highway 20,
along with shaking of homes, trees and various other objects including
wind chimes,” it said.

It said the fireball was seen across parts of Missouri, Illinois,
Indiana and Wisconsin. CNN affiliate WISN-TV said that people in Ohio
also saw it.

Video from WISN showed a massive ball of light exploding across the
sky. The Doppler Radar from the Quad Cities weather service appeared
to capture a portion of the smoke trail from the fireball at just
after 10 p.m., the NWS said. It appears as a thin line extending
across portions of Grant and Iowa Counties in Wisconsin.

There has been no official determination as to what caused the
fireball, the NWS in Sullivan said.

However, it said there is a meteor shower called Gamma Virginids that
occurs from April 4 to April 21, with peak activity expected on
Wednesday and Thursday.

“A large meteorite could have caused the brilliant fireball that has
been reported,” the National Weather Service said.

The NWS in Quad Cities said that it was unknown if any part of a
meteorite hit the ground.

According to NASA, a meteor appears when a meteoroid — a particle,
chunk of metal or stony matter — enters the Earth’s atmosphere from
outer space.

“Air friction heats the meteoroid so that it glows and creates a
shining trail of gases and melted meteoroid particles,” it said.
“People sometimes call the brightest meteors fireballs.”

News Source: CNN
URL:
http://www.cnn.com/2010/TECH/04/15/midwest.fireball/index.html

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