Stunning moment meteor lights up skies over Missouri caught on VIDEO

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Officials have indicated that the fireball was likely the result of the Taurid meteor shower, which was at its peak late Monday.

The American Meteor Society (AMS) said it received over 120 reports of the fireball, which was also seen from Indiana, Illinois, Kansas and other nearby states. Many home security cameras in the St. Louis area sure did. People in both the city and the suburbs reported seeing the flash and lit up social media with posts and pictures. "I thought it was an natural disaster", wrote Dorothy S. from Wentzville, Missouri, a suburb of St. Louis.

The next night for recommended meteor viewing is November 16 into the early morning of November 17, when the Leonids meteor shower might bring around 15 meteors per hour, according to the American Meteor Society.

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Cooke said that best time to view the meteor shower, since it spans several weeks, is just before dawn from any dark location. The meteor would need to be much bigger to make a crater.

Residents reported spotting an illuminated flash of light across the St. Louis metro area, while others heard a loud explosion-like noise as the meteor appeared at approximately 9 p.m. CST on November 11, CBS News noted. The Alpha Monocerotids are expected to light up the night sky on Thursday, Nov. 21, around 10:30 p.m.

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