Do you hear a boom? Do you see a bright light at night? Here is what happened

Some viewers reported hearing a boom. Others remembered seeing a bright light.

What did some people hear and see in Indiana and surrounding states overnight?

The American Meteor Society, a nonprofit organization dedicated to observing the sky, received more than 100 reports of an object in the night sky on July 22. Most reports arrived between 1:45 a.m. and 2 a.m.

While many reports came from Indiana, observers from Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Missouri, Ohio and Wisconsin all reported seeing something. An observer reported seeing it as far away as Alabama.

Video obtained from Yorktown showed an object falling from the sky followed by a flash of light. Other Hoosiers who saw him recorded reports in Middletown, Muncie, Noblesville, West Lafayette and Zionsville, among other Indiana communities.

According to Rafael Lang, professor of physics and astronomy at Purdue University, the object was a “bolide”, also known as a fireball. Lang described him as a “shooting star on steroids”.

Lang said Earth is currently flying through the debris field left behind by Comet Swift-Tuttle. The debris is responsible for the annual phenomenon called the Perseid meteor shower, also known as the Perseids.

“That fireball could very well have been one of them. [the Perseids]i.e. a somewhat unusual but not surprisingly bright shooting star,” Lang wrote in an email.

The meteor shower occurs every year between July 17 and August 24. The peak is expected on August 11 and 12.

The phenomenon was reminiscent of an astronomy-related event from Mars captured by the camera. This loud boom, heard in several Indiana counties, was attributed to a meteor explosion and the resulting “air burst”.

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