Ball of Fire Spotted Over Illinois This Week Was Not a Meteor or Aliens
Something strange was spotted from Illinois all the way to Pennsylvania the other night. It wasn't a meteor, aliens, a chunk of the sun, or a shooting star.
So what was spotted high in the dark sky or Illinois this week?
Yes, the image above is from a home in Michigan but the object was seen by many across hundreds of miles.
Newsweek shared another perspective.
They also reported how many photos and videos of this event were submitted to the American Meteor Society.
12 videos and 13 photos of the fireball, logging them, though it was not a natural event.
Hold on to your tin hats flat earthers, and conspiracy theorists, there is a logical explanation as to what was soaring through the sky.
The "fireball" that was spotted just before midnight central time was actually a satellite reentering earth's atmosphere, according to Nasa Meteor Watch.
This event was not caused by a natural object; it was produced by the reentry and fragmentation of a satellite over that area of the country.
WHAT SATELLITE WAS THIS?
That is a very respectable question and it comes with an answer.
According to Newsweek, the falling object was a Russian surveillance satellite, launched last month.
The launch failed, Seradata Space Intelligence reported, leaving the satellite in a low-orbit with it struggling to climb to its intended 108-mile altitude above Earth. Instead, the Earth-imaging satellite's original orbit began to quickly decay and it failed to hold altitude.
Although there were reports of the objects falling apart over earth an astrophysicist says it is unlikely any remnants of the satellite landed on the group.