A bright meteor streaked across the night sky late Saturday, startling residents with reports of sightings from Alabama to Georgia and North Florida.
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!”
Did you see it? A meteor was caught on GOES Lightning Mapper (GLM) around 3:52Z or 11:52 PM ET! pic.twitter.com/6FnUCN83EJ— NWS Tallahassee (@NWSTallahassee) March 31, 2019
You might miss it in the loop if you blink, so here's a still of the flash! pic.twitter.com/V3zN1kfj8u— NWS Tallahassee (@NWSTallahassee) March 31, 2019
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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