According to NASA, more than 100 tons of dust and sand-sized particles slam into the Earth's atmosphere every day. Larger bodies, the size of a car, hit the Earth's atmosphere, burning up in a bright fireball visible with the naked eye.
The state report said a boy in Jackson saw the fireball and then found a steaming stone. It says someone in Livonia – and many others throughout the region – also claimed to find parts of the meteorite.
On September 17, 1966, another fireball over Michigan's thumb was attributed to a meteorite. The state's report said this one was so bright that it shut off the automatically triggered streetlights in several communities.
Where can you see a meteorite?
The Cranbrook Institute of Science has a number of meteorites in their collection. This Saturday, they tell 7 Action News the museum will show off a number of specimens that are not usually on display.
Cranbrook's geologist will be on hand to show off meteorites on Saturday, February 16, from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m.