Meteor a little too close for comfort for Racine man

Meteor shower
FILE PHOTO (Flickr/John Fowler)

If you happened to be looking up at the sky around 8:48 p.m. Wednesday night, you may have gotten quite a meteor show and hopefully, you weren’t driving at the time.

Racine resident Rob Richardson saw a meteor while was driving home. Richardson, a trained storm spotter, was traveling eastbound on the Frontage Road that runs parallel with Highway 20 by the viaduct just west of Case High School past that railroad tracks when he saw a strange light.

“Out of nowhere a green ball of light appeared and it dropped somewhere on Highway 20, probably near the median,” he told Racine County Eye. “I know others saw it too because I could hear the sound of cars hitting their brakes.”

Richardson isn’t the only person that reported seeing the meteor.

According to the American Meteor Society (AMS), they are investigating 52 reports of fireballs over the past week in the midwest. Three of them were reported from Milwaukee, Madison, and Freedom. They also have 82 other reports over the past 24 hours, including in Kansasville, Caledonia, and Oak Creek.

Fox 6 News also has footage of a meteor shower that happened while they were filming. And another man caught the meteor shower from the ground but thought it was an alien invasion.

The AMS analyzes the conditions for meteors on a weekly basis and said the “sources of meteoric activity are expected to be active this week.”

Did you see any fireballs last night?

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