Indiana is no stranger to meteors. The state has seen its fair share of fireballs in the sky, most recently in early January 2018. A fireball is a very large and bright meteor that often creates a fireball as it enters Earth’s atmosphere. These events are sometimes called “shooting stars” because of their bright appearance and fast movement.
While it’s always exciting to see a fireball in the sky, they can also be dangerous. In 2013, a meteor exploded over Russia, injuring more than 1,000 people. Fortunately, no injuries have been reported as a result of the recent fireball over Indiana.
In recent news, hundreds of Hoosiers reported hearing what sounded like an explosion in multiple areas across southern Indiana.
The American Meteor Society received several reports of a possible fireball meteor passing over the state around the same time as the mysterious noise. A total of four reports were received by the AMS with reports coming from Bloomington and Columbus in Indiana and Sadieville and Mays Lick in Kentucky. The fact of the meteor passing during daytime caused fewer reports to be submitted, according to AMS.
Despite their potential danger, fireballs are a fascinating part of our natural world. They offer a glimpse into the vastness of space and remind us of the incredible power of nature. So next time you see a fireball in the sky, take a moment to appreciate this amazing phenomenon.