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Meteor illuminates the night sky over North Florida



"Something strange light that made Youngstown fall from the sky tonight!" Wrote Eric Shultz, who recorded the phenomenon on his doorbell camera in his house in the panhandle of the state.

"Dude, did you see that?" Someone shouted in this video taken on Jeffrey Cardona's Dashcam in Jacksonville.

It turned out that the bright light was from a meteor, according to the National Weather Service. The lightning was captured by the Geostationary Lightning Mapper (GLM), a satellite that takes hundreds of images per second and maps the trails of thunderstorms.

"Meteors that get into the Earth's atmosphere are common, but we do not always get to see them," said CNN meteorologist Haley Brink. "Today, we have so many satellites in space and cameras on the ground that these events are becoming more visible to the general public."

Sightings of the meteor were reported throughout northern Florida.

"Tonight I was outside on the way home I saw something pretty weird," said a YouTube user in Gainesville. "Luckily it caught my line camera."

It's not clear if the meteor hit Earth or burned it in space.

The National Weather Service said it had heard unconfirmed reports that the Meteor landed at about 55 miles from Perry, Florida, miles southeast of Tallahassee.

If anyone believes they have found parts of the meteor, the scientists would need to run tests to determine if it is indeed a space rock.


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