While many were quick to get excited after a mysterious object lit up the night sky in the southeast, NASA soon quelled any UFO, alien rumours by explaining that it was just space debris entering in the Earth’s atmosphere.
People described it to be a bright fireball with lights streaming behind it. The flash didn’t last very long, it disappeared soon after. Naturally, space debris is often reported to be very small and usually incinerates before it reaches the ground.
A viewer from McDonough told Channel 2 Action News it was “something with bright colors with a long following of bright colors went through the sky. It was amazing.”
Channel 2 Action News received several phone calls into the newsroom and many people posted pictures and videos to social media.
The object was spotted around 1:30 a.m. in Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee and Alabama.
NASA says the debris was traveling around 14,500 miles per hour and was being monitored through five NASA cameras in the southeast.
The Tellus Science Museum in Cartersville is part of NASA’s fireball camera network and monitors the sky on clear nights for events like this.
“Every once in a while the earth runs into these objects as we’re moving around the sun,” said David Dundee from the Tellus Science Museum. “On the average I see two or three reports every month of a bright, really bright fireball.”