Meteor lights up Florida sky

Bright flash from a meteor lit up North Florida's night sky

Bright flash from a meteor lit up North Florida's night sky

This truism was proven once again Saturday night when dash cams in the Gainesville area picked up an impressively bright, blue-greenish fireball plunging toward Earth.

People in the Southeast - not just the Big Bend and South Georgia - reported seeing a bright flash between 11:50 and 11:55 pm Saturday night, likely caused by a meteor. Its flash was caught on the Geostationary Lightning Mapper (GLM), a satellite that takes hundreds of images each second and maps the paths of lightning storms.

The National Weather Service's Charleston, S.C. office also said the light from the fireball over Eridu, Florida, was detected by the GLM. Residents in Georgia and SC also reported seeing the flash.

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Officials said they haven't received any reports of where the meteor possibly landed or if it broke up in the atmosphere.

Aside from lighting up the sky, the meteor lit up social media with witness accounts.

'This isn't normally what I post on my channel, but tonight I was out on my way home, and I saw something pretty insane, ' said a user who runs EVE Pro Guides - EVE Online PVP and ISK Guides YouTube channel. "I am thriving", posted another. A meteor is a piece of space rock that has broken off an asteroid or comet orbiting the Sun and as it enters Earth's atmosphere it burns up, creating a fiery tail that can resemble a shooting star.

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