Falling meteor lights up Florida sky, takes over social media

Mindy Sparks
April 1, 2019

Forecasters noted that the meteor is not the bright line of light extending in a northeast-southwest diagonal line in the map image, but is actually the blink-and-you'll-miss-it purple dot that briefly flashes in the Panhandle.

'Meteors coming into the Earth's atmosphere happen fairly often but we don't always get to see them, ' said CNN meteorologist Haley Brink.

The National Weather Service's Tallahassee office posted a photo on Twitter where the fireball was picked up by the GOES Lightning Mapper (GLM). "Nowadays we have so many satellites in space and cameras on the ground that these events are becoming more and more visible to the general public".

A whole array of eyewitnesses took to social media to share the rare sighting of what looked like a large green fireball plummeting from the sky in Florida's capital city of Tallahassee late last week.

"Tonight I was out on my way home and I saw something pretty insane", said a YouTube user in Gainesville. It then flares even more brightly before disappearing over the horizon.

Twitter users who shared their videos of the spectacle say it occurred around 11:55 p.m. Saturday night.

Others were simply amazed at what they saw.

Videos show the bright meteor over northern Florida.

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