WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Bright lights streaking across the South Florida sky sparked questions early Wednesday morning.
Around 5:30 a.m., WPTV received a call from Keith Howell, a resident in Clewiston, Florida, who said he was walking his dogs when he saw a huge streak across the eastern sky.
Storm Team 5 Meteorologist Kahtia Hall reported that the National Weather Service said Wednesday that the object could be part of the Quadrantid meteor shower which is occurring through mid-January.
Apparently residents on Florida's west coast also spotted the object.
WINK-TV Meteorologist Matt Devitt in Fort Myers tweeted at 6:16 a.m. that he received similar reports from a viewer in Charlotte County, Florida.
Just before 7 a.m., Chopper 5 also saw some strange cloud-like streaks in the eastern sky, but it is unclear if that is related to the early-morning cosmic questions.
WINK-TV spoke with Calusa Nature System and Planetarium Education Coordinator Rebecca Wadman, who said it was likely Space X's 60 Starlink satellites that were launched Monday.
Last week, a mysterious object, with what looked like fire coming from the back, was spotted off the Treasure Coast on New Year's Day. However, the U.S. Department of Defense said it was a commercial airplane that had sunlight reflecting off the plane's contrails, creating an illusion that the object was on fire.
OBJECT IN THE SKY ☄️ Getting reports just after 5 AM of something streaking across the SW Florida sky. In the process of determining if it's a meteor, space debris, or something else. Credit: WINK Viewer David Bentley, Charlotte County. @NWSTampaBay @spann pic.twitter.com/6QCtnSthCr— Matt Devitt (@MattDevittWINK) January 8, 2020