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

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.

Watch video of the meteor recorded at Port Canaveral:

Meteor over Port Canaveral

METEOR SEEN FROM PORT CANAVERAL: That meteor that everyone is talking about was seen right here at Port Canaveral late Saturday night, March 30. The meteor, which produced a bright green light as it fell to Earth, was visible at the Port at 11:54 p.m. The National Weather Service in Tallahassee reported the space object registered on its Geostationary Lightning Mapper, which is used to track lightning. The NWS was trying to track if remnants of the meteor landed on the ground, but it likely burned up as it entered the atmosphere.

Posted by Port Canaveral on Tuesday, April 2, 2019