Large green meteor lights up the night sky in Florida

By Christopher Brito

/ CBS News

The National Weather Service (NWS) confirmed a meteor lit up the night sky across Florida and Georgia on Saturday. Videos show the meteor fireballing as it fell to Earth, producing a bright green light.

The NWS in Tallahassee, which covers North Florida, Southeast Alabama and Southwest Georgia, tweeted about the meteor late Saturday. The weather agency reported the space object registered on its Geostationary Lightning Mapper, which is used to track lighting, at about 11:52 p.m.

A large green meteor lit up the night sky in Florida and Georgia on Saturday night. EVE Pro Guides – EVE Online PVP and ISK Guides/YouTube

Some witnesses who caught glimpses of the meteor were confused by what they'd just seen. Twitter user Jeffrey Cardona posted a video showing the fireball descending to the horizon, with the message "Can Somebody Explain This!"

Can Somebody Explain This! #area51 #ufo #meteor @bbcnews @igersjax @news4jax @abcnews #news #newsjax #shootingstars #jacksonvilleflorida ☄️ pic.twitter.com/P28wp5tkGE

— Jeffrey Cardona (@jeffreycardona1) March 31, 2019

Others got spectacular footage of the meteor falling from space, including the video below.

Massive Green Meteor in West of Gainesville Florida tonight.#floridameteor #meteor #florida #greenmeteor #marchmeteor #spacejunk pic.twitter.com/OXteX7CVTq

— Abbadon21 (@EVEProGuides) March 31, 2019

Others were simply amazed at what they saw.

"We saw it looking south from our back yard in Valdosta, GA at approx 11:55 pm." one Twitter user wrote. "Very bright, green tint, lit up the sky almost like daylight for a couple of seconds. Biggest or closest one I've seen in 30+ years. Pretty awesome!"

NWS was trying to track if remnants of the meteor landed somewhere, but it likely burned up as it entered the atmosphere.

Can't confirm yet- we haven't received reports of where it landed, just a few videos showing it from the ground.

— NWS Tallahassee (@NWSTallahassee) March 31, 2019

First published on April 1, 2019 / 9:11 AM

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