Meteor lights up night sky across the Big Bend, South Georgia

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By: Charles Roop | WCTV Pinpoint Weather
March 31, 2019

Courtesy: Deb / Valdosta, Ga.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- People in the Southeast - not just the Big Bend and South Georgia - reported seeing a bright flash between 11:50 and 11:55 p.m. Saturday night, likely caused by a meteor.

A meteor is defined a meteoroid coming "close enough to Earth and enters Earth’s atmosphere", vaporizing after entry.

The National Weather Service Forecast Office in Tallahassee confirmed the meteor based on the GOES 16 Lightning Mapper. In the animated GIF, a brief flash can be seen in the eastern Big Bend over northern Taylor County. Another Forecast Office spotted a closer look on their screens.

This event follows another report of a fireball, which was spotted by a Gadsden County business March 22.

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