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Meteor lights up the sky above the Gateway Arch in St. Louis



A camera has captured the incredible moment when a meteor lit the sky over the iconic Gateway Arch in St. Louis.

Footage of the meteor was recorded by an EarthCam camera facing the Gateway Arch from across the Mississippi River.

FOX 2 News St. Louis reports that a number of viewers called the station around 8:50 p.m. local time Monday after hearing a loud boom and observing a strong flash of blue light in western St. Louis metro area.

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The meteor is probably from the annual Taurid meteor shower, according to FOX 2's Chief Meteorologist Glenn Zimmermann.

The American Meteor Society said it received 1

75 reports of a fireball over a number of Midwestern states on Monday, including Missouri and Illinois.

Meteorologist Dakota Smith also tweeted satellite images of the meteor showing a light blue flash over St. Louis.

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A small piece of an asteroid or comet is also known as a meteoroid. When it enters the earth's atmosphere it becomes a meteor or fireball or shooting star. The rock pieces that hit the ground, valuable to collectors, are meteorites.

Last year, a meteor made headlines as it flashed across the sky in Michigan. The burning fireball sent meteorite hunters orbiting to find fragments of the rare space rock.

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The Associated Press contributed to this article. Follow James Rogers on Twitter @jamesjrogers


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