Recent sightings: Nighttime fireball

April 15, 2010

Moments before bursting in a dazzling fireball over southwestern Wisconsin, a likely meteor appears as a bright dot in the Wednesday night sky. This image was captured around 10:07 p.m., April 14 by a camera mounted on the northwest corner of the Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences Building on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus.

A dazzling flash of light fills the sky over southwestern Wisconsin when what is believed to be a meteorite burst around 10:07 p.m.,  illuminating clouds and contrails from airplanes.

Photos: provided by the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences and the Space Science and Engineering Center