Meteor caught on camera in Florida Keys

Posted at 9:51 AM, Apr 26, 2017

Stargazers got a show in the Florida Keys Tuesday night when many spotted a meteor.

The meteor was captured on the dash camera of a Monroe County Sheriff's Deputy while he was patrolling in the Lower Keys, on Big Pine Key.


WPTV Chief Meteorologist Steve Weagle says the meteor would fall under a specific class of meteors called fireballs.

According to the American Meteor Society, "A fireball is another term for a very bright meteor, generally brighter than magnitude -4, which is about the same magnitude of the planet Venus in the morning or evening sky. A bolide is a special type of fireball which explodes in a bright terminal flash at its end, often with visible fragmentation."