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The sky above Wisconsin flashed a brilliant blue early Monday morning as a streaking meteor exploded into a ball of fire.

The meteor — which scientists say was zipping along at about 38,000 miles an hour — disintegrated over Lake Michigan. Researchers hoping to recover meteorites were left with only dashed hopes, admitting that chunks of extra-terrestrial rock as big as baseballs were likely lost forever to the formidable depths and thick silt of the great lake.

Events like these are common, occuring every day, actually. It’s just rare that they happen over populated areas where there are cameras aplenty to capture their glory.

Here are some of the best views from Monday:

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