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That bright thing in the sky this morning was likely a meteor

People all over Minnesota reported seeing it Wednesday morning.
Meteor

A 2019 meteor in Minnesota. 

If you happened to look outside around 6:50 a.m. Wednesday, you may have seen something super bright that was falling from the sky. 

It was likely a meteor, seeing as the Geminids meteor shower is currently occurring.

And based on social media posts, people across Minnesota saw it. There have been reports of people in Duluth, Two Harbors, Stillwater, Bergen, the Iron Range, Little Falls, Elk River, Minneapolis and Champlin seeing the astronomical event, with some reporting it was green.

Bring Me The News has reached out to the experts to confirm that thing in the sky was in fact a meteor. 

The Geminids are called the best annual meteor shower, and they peaked overnight on Dec. 13 and the morning of Dec. 14, but were active starting Dec. 4 and will still be visible until about Dec. 17. 

During this time, Earth is going through a trail of dusty debris left in orbit from 3200 Phaethon (an asteroid or extinct comet).

NASA said this year's meteor shower was going to be especially good because it coincides with a nearly new moon. This means the sky will be darker and the moonlight won't washout the fainter meteors, so more should be visible.

Related: Jupiter, Saturn will nearly align this month, creating a Christmas star

In the Northern Hemisphere, meteor activity is good all night, peaking around 2 a.m. If you want to catch the tail end of the meteor shower, get away from bright city lights and lie on the ground with your feet pointing south and look up at the sky.

The meteors can be seen anywhere in the sky but will appear to radiate from the constellation Gemini. 

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