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NASA Meteor Watch issued an update on the eye-catching event, saying the space rock was very slow and moved at about 28,000 mph (45,000 kph). The agency expects it was also fairly big and pieces of it may have reached the ground intact. This will likely spur meteorite hunters to seek out bits of the material where it may have landed near Detroit.
originally posted by: Box of Rain
a reply to: wlasp
I question the authenticity of those images (especially the first one).
When a meteor breaks up in the atmosphere, the pieces that make it to the ground almost always have slowed down considerably due to the the friction of the atmosphere. The air Resistance slows them down to terminal velocity (which is usually about 150 mph) and they stop glowing.
This happens while the object is still pretty high up, so by the time it reaches the ground, it would no longer be leaving a glowing trail, and with would not be moving fast enough to create a fireball on impact.
Admittedly, very large meteors can in fact have so much mass and momentum that they will not be appreciably slowed by the atmosphere, and would create a fireball and large crater on impact, but those events are exceptionally rare. This would be the top story on the news if the meteor did what your first image seems to allege.
originally posted by: firesnake
a reply to: FireballStorm
You could be right, it may well have been the 1998 Leonids now you say it because this was at around 8-10pm, but I know I did get the day completely wrong so I might have got the times wrong as well haha. Those days and years all melt into one anyway.