Milwaukee Sees Meteor Shower, Expected Through Weekend
Diane Pathieu reports. Video by 620wtmj.comvideo
MILWAUKEE - Did you see it? That giant glow last night?
Your eyes didn't deceive you. It was a meteor, and the show isn't over until after this weekend.
One couple watched it in the 5th ward near South 5th and West Walker Streets in Milwaukee when they were walking their dog.
They looked west and saw something very strange in the sky.
"Did you just see that, or am I totally hallucinating from my orange juice?" joked Zach Wade.
They watched a meteor so big that scientists officially call it a fireball which was visible across the midwest.
"There was this huge radiant green light coming from the sky. It was coming in so fast, but it had to be so huge because it was covering up the whole skyline."
The big piece of debris is from the Lyrid meteor shower.
It was softball or even basketball-sized.
"Astronomy Magazine's" Editor-In-Chief Dave Eicher explains.
"What this is is debris, from a comet," said Astronomy Magazine's Editor-In-Chief Dave Eicher.
"There is a meteor shower this weekend, the Lyrid's, and it may be a piece of Comet Thatcher which was seen in 1861. When earth intersects the trail of debris from this comet, stuff falls into the atmosphere and it burns up, and we see them as meteors"
The pictures are spectacular, with shades of green, red and orange.
There is no word yet on where the debris landed, but Eicher hopes that information will surface very soon.
"It's easy to find a meteorite if you're in the Sahara Desert or in the Antarctic, but it's hard to find it when you're in the Midwest with lots of rocks on the ground and trees and grass and houses."
It's not over yet! The maximum for this meteor is this weekend.
"The best chance to see more meteors like this will be Saturday night," said Eicher.
So keep your eyes on the skies.
Experts are now studying film and looking at the angles and speed of the meteor for more accurate details.