Metro Detroit and the surrounding areas of Michigan witnessed a sparkling bright light when a meteor burned up in the atmosphere on Tuesday. The flashing light came along with a loud boom which was felt across Michigan and was also seen as far away as New York City and parts of Canada, according to NASA. Officials confirmed that the meteor camera spotted the natural sky event at 8:08 pm at Oberlin College in Ohio. Pictures captured on camera showed tiny white ball emitting a bright flash. The United States Geological Survey at the same time also reported a ‘M 2.0 Meteorite with a magnitude, about 5 miles west of New Haven. Also Read - 'She Had Her Eyes Open': 20-Year-Old Michigan Woman Declared Dead Found Alive at Funeral Home!

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It also scared a lot of people and knocked pictures off the wall inside houses making people wonder what had happened. Soon, social media was flooded with pictures and videos of people asking if it was UFO or alien. According to the NASA, “shooting stars” or meteors are bits of interplanetary material falling through Earth’s atmosphere and heated to incandescence by friction. According to the agency, they are called meteoroids which become meteors for the few seconds as they pass across the sky and create flashlights. Also Read - Rare Spectacle of Meteor Flying Across & Exploding in the Sky Leaves the Internet Stunned, Video Crosses 3 Million Views | Watch

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The earth at times encounters a few small asteroids or large meteoroids, “and when they hit the atmosphere, they create these very bright fireballs. It is definitely a meteoroid,” said Bill Cooke with NASA’s meteoroid environment office in Alabama.  According to Cooke, the meteoroid on appeared to have been about one or two yards across, weighed more than a metric ton and travelled 40,000 to 50,000 miles to Earth.