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Meteor illuminates the sky over Florida with a bright flash



A mysterious fireball illuminating the sky over North Florida on Saturday night turned out to be a meteor recorded by weather radar, officials say.

The falling space rock was reported at 11:52 am. Taylor County told the Tallahassee National Weather Service office on Twitter.

The meteor's lightning was so bright that it was picked up by weather satellites commonly used to track thunderstorms and lightning.

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The NWS posted a photo on which the fireball was picked up by the GOES Lightning Mapper.

Another weather service bureau in Charleston, SC also shared the light. The fireball was thrown across the sky.

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There have been no reports of where the meteor may have landed or whether it has dissolved in the atmosphere. Residents in Georgia and South Carolina also reported lightning.

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Meteors are what happened to meteoroids – what we call "space" Rocks "- enter the Earth's atmosphere at high speed and burn them according to NASA.

"This is also when we call them shooting stars," notes the agency. Sometimes meteors even seem to be lighter Venus – that's when we call them fireballs.

Scientists estimate that, according to NASA, about 48.5 tons (44,000 kilograms) of meteorite will fall to Earth every day.

"When a meteoroid survives its passage the atmosphere hits the ground and is called a meteorite," the space agency said.


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