NASA confirms at least 60 reports of a fireball seen across Florida skies on Tuesday evening, just after the sun set.
Video captured on dash cam video shows the fireball falling near Little Road and 54 around 6:30 Tuesday.
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A Riverview family also caught video of the fireball on their security camera outside their house.
The American Meteor Society, a non-profit scientific organization had at least 55 reports across Florida too.
According to NASA’s website, fireballs are astronomical terms for bright meteors that are spectacular enough to be seen over a wide area.
In the video one astronomer says it was about the size of a bowling ball.
NASA has a sky fireball network that shows a network of cameras set up by the Meteoroid Environment Office, they write that their goal is to observe meteors brighter than the plant Venus.
The network consists of 17 cameras with three of them in Florida.
The American Meteor Society, a non-profit scientific organization that tracks sightings, said that it, too, received at least 55 reports of a fireball.
Fireballs, a kind of meteor, are measured by their brightness on a scale known as apparent magnitude.
A meteor is seen when comet debris or fragments of an asteroid strike the Earth’s atmosphere at high speed.
Intense heat is created by the compression of the air ahead of the meteoroid, which usually causes the object to burn up in the atmosphere.
This creates the white ‘shooting star’ that we are all familiar with. This process also ionizes the atmosphere along the trail, making it possible to reflect radio waves.
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