Fireball

Prior Lake resident Andy Davenport captured a bright green fireball streak across the night sky on his security camera around 3 a.m. on Sunday, May 9.

In the early hours of Sunday, May 9 a blue and green fireball flashed across Minnesota’s night sky.

Residents across the Twin Cities metro described the experience to the American Meteor Society. The organization received over 50 reports of the fireball from residents in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin. Additionally, dozens of residential security cameras captured the event.

The reports detail sightings of a blue and green fireball flashing across the sky around 3 a.m.

“It was pitch black out, but the fireball lit up the entire sky,” one Cokato resident described. “Huge, bright and fast.”

Prior Lake resident Andy Davenport captured a bright green fireball streak across the night sky on his security camera around 3 a.m. on Sunday, May 9. 

A Jordan resident said the sighting prompted him to call the sheriff’s office. The fireball, he described, left a trail like fireworks with white and copper sparks.

Fireballs are “exceptionally bright meteors that are spectacular enough to to be seen over a very wide area,” according to the Center of Near Earth Object Studies. “Objects causing fireballs are usually not large enough to survive passage through the Earth’s atmosphere intact, although fragments, or meteorites, are sometimes recovered on the ground.”

Several observers, including a 65-year-old Silver Bay man, said it was the most significant meteor sighting of their lifetime.

“I think it flashed at the end but I was too distracted with the gorgeous sparkling blue and green tail,” one Wayzata resident wrote.

“It was awesome,” a Bloomington resident concluded.

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