U of I Professor Explains This Week's Meteor

IOWA CITY, IA (KCRG-TV9) -- Many people are wondering what that fireball was in the skies over Eastern Iowa.

Many Iowans were lucky enough to have their eyes to the sky Sunday evening around 8:45.

Steven Spangler is an astronomer with the University of Iowa. He says it was a meteor about the size of a baseball. That's why it was so bright in the sky.

He says the meteor wasn't big enough to do any damage, and that it probably broke into little pieces. burned up and didn't hit earth at all. It's called a fireball because it burns a lot brighter than average meteors. He says there’s no scientific reason why the fireball passed through Eastern Iowa.

He says, “By pure coincidence, it's just, they're random shooters and they're just gonna hit here sooner or later. I think these meteors are moving all over the Earth, I mean the Earth's a big target, they hit all over the place, it was just our number was up.”

Normally meteors can only be seen when it's dark, but the bright lights of the fireball made it visible during sunset.