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  • The fireball was seen from Jacksonville, Fla., to the Bahamas.
  • More than 200 people reported the sighting to the American Meteor Society.

No, not meatier — a meteor.

Citizens ranging from Jacksonville, Fla., to the Bahamas got front-row seats to a light show as a spectacular fireball shot across the sky Monday night.


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The fireball, defined as a very bright meteor, was seen streaking across the sky at 10:18 p.m., hovering approximately 9,300 miles above the Earth. While Floridians didn’t note any sound, a sonic boom was heard on Grand Bahama Island.

More than 200 people reported the sighting to the American Meteor Society.

However, there is some debate as to whether it was indeed a meteor. Some experts believe it was actually an asteroid, 2021 GW4, roughly the size of a small car and previously spotted five days earlier by scientists at the Mount Lemmon SkyCenter in Arizona.

Regardless of its origin, it sure was spectacular.


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Published on Apr 13, 2021