What is going on in our Solar System?
Is there an asteroid attack? After three near misses in nearly 2 weeks, now two large fireballs have changed the night into day over Wisconsin and Illinois and Brazil while Comet 45P approaches Earth.
The American Meteor Sciaty has received over 170 reports from IL, WI, MI, IN, OH, IA, NY, Ontario, KY and MN about a fireball event that occurred on Monday, February 6th 2017 around 01:27CST (07:31 UT.).
The green fireball was seen primarily from Illinois and Wisconsin but witnesses from Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, Iowa, New York, Kentucky, Minessota and Ontario (Canada) also reported the event.
The preliminary estimated trajectory plotted from the witness reports shows the meteor was traveling from the Southwest to Northeast and ended its flight on the Lake Michigan somewhere between Sheboygan, Wi and Manitowoc wi as shown in this last video:
A brght fireball was also spotted by Brazilian Cameras end of January 2017:
In the last 3 weeks, three NEOs shaved the Earth at a distance closer than the Earth-Moon. Now, A small comet named “45P/Honda-Mrkos-Pajdusakova” is approaching Earth. At closest approach on Feb. 11th, the comet will be 7.4 million miles from our planet, visible in binoculars and small telescopes.
This is the 8th closest pass of any comet in the modern era (since ~1950, when modern technology started being used to study comets). It will only be 31 times farther from Earth than the Moon.
Is there a comet/asteroid attack currently going on?