This bright green fireball meteor streaked through the sky over Northern Illinois and southeast Wisconsin around 1:30 a.m. Central time and a lucky police officer in a Chicago suburb caught it on his dash cam.
More than 200 people reported they saw the meteor, the American Meteor Society says, some from as far east as New York and as far south as Kentucky.
The Lisle, Ill., police officer who recorded the video above didn’t have his dashboard camera running before the event, but when he noticed the meteor, he “did a double-take” and then immediately turned it on, he told NBC Chicago. Lisle is a suburb about 20 miles west of Chicago.
A National Weather Service meteorologist noticed the radar in Green Bay may have picked up the meteor. The ring in this image is just clouds, but there’s an echo north of Sheboygan, Wis., that looks suspiciously like a giant ball of space rocks burning up over Lake Michigan. Perhaps.
Meteor likely detected by NWS Doppler radar. Radar capture at 1:29 AM. pic.twitter.com/zeUKCQ3zAU
— Jeff Last (@JeffLast) February 6, 2017