Facebook lit up early Monday morning with posts of bright streaks that many people saw around 1:30.
People reported seeing a flash of light that lasted for about a minute, streaking from one side of the sky to the other. Immediately, many people identified it as a meteor. The image was even picked up on NASA’s Fireball Cam. A heat map on NASA’s website shows over 150 reports of a fireball seen Monday over southern states, including reports in Tampa, Florida, centering around Atlanta.
NASA Meteor Specialist Bill Cooke said that the streak was moving too slow to be a meteor and lasted too long in the sky. Cooke believes the streak could have been space junk burning in the atmosphere and reentering the earth.
WSPA contributed to this report.