connectVideoMeteor illumination of the night sky in Florida
A mysterious fireball that lit up the sky over Northern Florida on Saturday night, turned out it was a meteor that was picked up on weather radar, according to officials.
The falling space rock was reported around 11:52 pm on Taylor County, the National Weather Service’s Tallahassee office said on Twitter.
The flash of the meteor was so bright that it was picked up on weather satellites, which are usually used for the tracking of thunderstorms and lightning.
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The NWS posted a picture of where the fireball was picked up by the GOES Lightning Mapper
Another weather service office in Charleston, S. C., also shared the light that was detected from the fireball as streaks in the air.
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Officials said they have not received any reports of the place where the meteorite may have landed or if it broke up in the atmosphere. Residents in Georgia and South Carolina also reported seeing the flash.
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Meteors are what happened when meteoroids — what we call “space rocks” — enter the Earth’s atmosphere at high speed and burn, according to NASA.
“This is also when we refer to them as ‘falling stars’, the agency notes. “Sometimes meteors can be even brighter than Venus — when we call them the ‘fireballs.'”
Scientists estimate that about 48.5 tons (44,000 kg) of meteoritic material falls on Earth each day, according to NASA.
“When a meteor survives the trip through the atmosphere and hits the ground, it is called a meteorite,” the space agency states.