• SEE: Meteor flashes across North Florida skies, falls to Earth as fireball

    By: Shelby Lin Erdman, Cox Media Group National Content Desk


    A bright meteor streaked across the night sky late Saturday, startling residents with reports of sightings from Alabama to Georgia and North Florida.

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    A driver in Gainesville, Florida, even captured the fireball falling to Earth on his dashcam, posting the video to social media.

    The National Weather Service in Tallahassee confirmed the event, tweeting: “Did you see it? A meteor was caught on GOES Lightning Mapper (GLM) around … 11:52 PM ET!” 

    A weather satellite, the GOES-16, used to track lightning during stormy weather, was able to pinpoint the meteor’s location. Meteors are bright like lightning, so the satellite was able to pick it up.




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