A bright meteor lit up the early morning sky Thursday, with sightings reported from Alabama to the Carolinas.
The American Meteor Society received reports from 500 people in eight states of a slow and bright fireball about 6:50 a.m. Thursday. Most of the reports came from North and South Carolina but people in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Tennessee and Virginia also said they saw the morning fireball.
According to the AMS, the meteor’s trajectory was from west to east, ending its flight in Ivanhoe, North Carolina.
Meteors are bits of space rocks that enter the Earth’s atmosphere, where they burn up, creating a streak of light.
The uptick in meteors comes ahead of the Lyrid Meteor Shower, which is set to peak April 21 and 22.
The latest meteor comes after several recent reports of fireballs in the southeast.[embedded content]