Glowing fireball meteor lights up Florida skies

Mindy Sparks
April 2, 2019

It is uncertain if the meteor was able to reach the ground without burning up, but the National Weather Service said there were unconfirmed reports of a landing near Perry, Florida, about southeast of Tallahassee.

Social media is lighting up with 100s of comments, photos, and videos after a very bright meteor (known as a fireball) lit up the night sky across North Florida.

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. A meteor was caught on GOES Lightning Mapper (GLM) around 3:52Z or 11:52 PM ET!' confirmed the National Weather Service out of Tallahassee on Twitter. "Luckily, my dash cam caught it".

It's not clear whether the meteor hit Earth or burned up in space.

"That meteor thing has me shook", said one Twitter user.

Reports of the sighting are coming in from all across Florida and as far as Alabama and Georgia. Under some circumstances, as the debris enters the atmosphere, it creates a "shooting star" or meteor.

Scientists estimate that about 48.5 tons (44,000 kilograms) of meteoritic material falls on Earth each day, according to NASA.

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