OT: Meteor may have struck Wisconsin 4/14/10.

Submitted by Firstbase on April 15th, 2010 at 3:50 AM

Wow. That's all I have to say.



April 15th, 2010 at 4:47 AM ^

Have they verified that a human like boy with super strength was found at the site of the crater? I'm pretty sure it's supposed to land in a corn field.


April 15th, 2010 at 9:42 AM ^

This isn't an unusual circumstance. If you have a clear, dark sky, you could probably catch 1-2 an hour on any given night. Bigger ones like that are slightly less often as most burn up before reaching the ground. What's dangerous is if they bring in a good sized portion of frozen gases. Some scientists theorize that the Chicago fire of 1905 might have actually been caused by a meteor instead of "Betsy's cow" as the urban legend goes. There were actually widespread fires over Michigan's LP, northern Illinois, and Wisconsin all spark over a period of a few hours.


April 15th, 2010 at 10:30 AM ^

Actually, including micrometeorites, estimates are that about 30,000 tons a year of space junk enter the atmosphere. I have never tried this, but supposedly, you can find them on your roof and collect them by filtering rain water from your down spout.

Big ones, as we all know, can be a problem. Ask any raptor.


April 15th, 2010 at 1:01 PM ^

That was a fireball. FormerlyAnonymous is correct that on a standard night you'll see 1-2 meteors an hour, but some larger ones survive the atmosphere long enough to be more brilliant. Most fireballs never reach the surface and burn up well before reaching the ground, though sometimes very small fragments may make it.

Just completely per chance I saw a meteor like 10 years ago from my backyard back in suburban Detroit.

If a meteor larger than a small rock hit the ground, you'd know it.

Troy MiIler

April 15th, 2010 at 1:02 PM ^

That wasn't a meteor, that was Denard Robinson just doing his daily run. As you can see he runs so fast that his hair acts like a wing of sorts, allowing him to take flight. This was just him coming back into the atmosphere. Nothing new.


April 15th, 2010 at 1:18 PM ^

I just got back from Basketball, pulled into my garage, walked out to my mailbox and all of a sudden the sky just lit up. at first i thought it was lightning, but then I saw the flash of the actual meteor (if it was that). This was circa 10:00-10:05 pm last night. I live in zipcode 53717 (madison).

Pretty f'in sweet!