Meteor spotted over Michigan


NEW HAVEN, Mich. -- The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) confirms a meteor occurred at 8:10 p.m. causing a magnitude 2.0 earthquake centered near New Haven.

On Tuesday, Jan. 16 countless people witnessed a bright light streaking across the southern Michigan sky followed by a boom.

This was a meteor associated with the Xi Ursae Majorids meteor shower which is active from December 31 through January 17 with activity peaking on the 16.

As this meteor traveled through the lower portion of the Earth's atmosphere, it appeared to explode according to many witnesses videos.

When a meteor explodes it is called a bolide and it was that explosion that created the boom or thunder witnesses claimed to hear.

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