Green Meteor Lights up Midwestern United States


Falling stars, meteors lighting up the sky and appearance of UFO’s, all have been the most common phenomenon. Whatever causes them, all such things have always been a source of interest for us (especially someone crazy like me). I always try to track any such cosmic activity. Reason? Of course, I am not someone from NASA, just an ordinary person that finds fun in such news. One such event occurred in the early hours of 6 Feb 2017 in the Midwestern US. It was the late hour around 1:30 a.m. in the morning when I got this text by a friend. I was informed of an unusual sighting of an extra ordinary green meteor that lighted up the night sky.

About 380 sightings of green fireball were reported from different locations. Kentucky, Minnesota, Indiana, Ohio, Iowa, New York, Michigan and Ontario (Canada) are a few places where residents experienced this celestial occurrence. What makes it special is the green hue of the fireball. According to the American Meteor society, facts like the presence of an element or speed of the object effects the hue that we perceive, here on earth. To them, presence of nickel normally causes a green hue.


On talking to the various witnesses, I came to know that the green fireball was too speedy as well. It was moving a pace, faster than the light’s speed. That was the reason why a ‘sonic boom’ too was reported. The boom reportedly rattled windows and doors in the nearby located buildings. [Read here: Mysterious Green Light in the Sky in Japan.]

The flight of the green meteor came to a halt in Lake Michigan, most probably around the shores of Sheboygan, Wis. and Manitowoc, Wis. Officer Patrick Murphy of the Chillicothe Police Department was on duty and patrolling around at that time. His dashcam captured the whole event quite effectively. Here is what he has to share about his experience;

“It definitely caught me off guard a little bit. Obviously, I was not expecting to see that, “I figured it was probably a meteor because I don’t know what else it could possibly be.”