Florida Skywatchers Catch Glimpse of Bright Green Fireball

Monday, 01 April 2019 - 9:59AM
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Monday, 01 April 2019 - 9:59AM
Florida Skywatchers Catch Glimpse of Bright Green Fireball
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North Florida residents were startled by the appearance of a bright green meteor illuminating their evening skies just before midnight last Saturday, prompting those fortunate enough to catch it on dash or security cameras to share the sighting of the fireball across social media. The extraterrestrial light show provided a welcome, if sadly temporary, respite from inane political commentary, rehashed GIFs lifted from Reddit, and scorned lovers subtweeting their exes. 


Tallahassee resident Jania Kadar, who was in her backyard when the meteor fell, was among those who witnessed the event. "It was like someone turned on the stadium lights," Kadar told the Tallahassee Democrat. "I look up and there is this bluish-green flash. It almost looks like daylight."


If it seems like there are more and more meteor sightings these days, it's because technically speaking, there are. That does not mean, however, that there are more meteors entering our atmosphere. According to CNN meteorologist Haley Brink, "meteors coming into the Earth's atmosphere happen fairly often but we don't always get to see them. Nowadays we have so many satellites in space and cameras on the ground that these events are becoming more and more visible to the general public."


CNN also reported that the National Weather Service had received "unconfirmed reports" that the meteor landed somewhere in Perry, Florida. Had it been of any notable size, the only reports would be of Florida suddenly ceasing to exist: a gentle reminder that neither NASA nor any other agency has any strategy to defend Earth against Death by Asteroid.


















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