Floridians filled up the internet with lots of pictures of something that was glowing up the sky on Monday night. It was the meteor that passed the earth that night.
According to NASA, a meteor is a “rocky, airless remnants left over from the early formation of our solar system about 4.6 billion years ago.” Moreover they stated that meteors when enter the earth with high speed starts burning. The burning of meteor gives a bright color as well as an image of shooting star.
The meteor fragment was spotted while burning on Monday night on Earth’s atmosphere which urged people to click its picture and share on all the social media platforms. Meteorologists, along with pictures clicked by Florida and Bahamas residents stated that “A large fireball (bright meteor) lit up the sky across Florida and the Bahamas last night. This was the view from Lakeland.”
This meteor was burned up over Sunshine State’s Atlantic coast and it was visible on Geostationary Lightening mapper. As per NASA, this fire ball was spotted around 10.20 pm and it was named as GW4. Its size was predicted to be between 3.5 meter to 7.7 meters wide. Its size is comparatively smaller as that of other meteors which can be as wider as 100 miles.
This meteor GW4 passed the earth at just 7 percent of distance between moon and our planet. This meteor was even closer than any other geostationary satellites. It was as closer as the orbit about 22,000 miles.
But shockingly, this meteor made a really close approach than expected. The meteorologists predicted that this GW4 meteor will pass with a close approach of about 16,000 miles. But later the confirmations were made that it passed the earth with the closes range of 9,400 miles which was much more closer than the predicted ones.
Hence, this nearest spotted meteor made the Floridians go crazy for shooting pictures and videos.