YOUR LOCAL STATION. (WCJB) – (The photo above is from the Leonid Meteor Shower 2009, not from this event.)
It was not from this world! Social media lights up with hundreds of comments, photos, and videos after a very bright meteor (known as a fireball) lights up the night sky throughout North Florida.
The fireball fell off of the sky near Taylor, Florida, Perry, Florida. On Saturday at about 11:52 pm EDT, the National Weather Service reports in Tallahassee. The fireball was hundreds of miles away, including in Gainesville. Reports of the sighting come from all over Florida and as far as Alabama and Georgia. Tweets to the National Weather Service indicate that the people of Taylor County heard a loud noise from the fireball.
The location of this fireball was discovered by a weather satellite product used to detect lightning in thunderstorms. The geostationary Lightning Mapping (GLM) data of the GOES 1
Light meteors are only visible for a few seconds due to their high speeds.
It is not known until early Sunday morning whether the space rock hit the ground before the impact or broke in the atmosphere.