The overnight light show was spotted over Grayson, Loganville and elsewhere around 1:30 a.m. Monday.
A mysterious light show over Loganville and Grayson, and other parts of Georgia early Monday morning wasn’t a fireball. Instead, experts say it was space junk.
There were 132 sightings of the event at 1:30 a.m. over Georgia, South Carolina and other states in the region, according to AMS Meteors, which tirelessly tracks reports of these things.
Spotters from Loganville and Grayson each reported seeing the fireball moving from “up right to down left.”
The Loganville spotter also wrote it was “Broken up into one major component and perhaps 6 or 8 smaller pieces.”
David Dundee, an astronomer for the Tellus Science Museum in Cartersville, told the AJC that the speed was far too slow for a meteor or fireball.
There are more than 500,000 pieces of debris, or space junk, orbiting the Earth, according to NASA. So, it’s not surprising that Dundee told WSBTV that it’s not unusual to get these mistaken fireball reports.
“On the average I see two or three reports every month of a bright, really bright fireball,” Dundee said.
Bright Sky Event Over Southeastern United States – June 29
Composite image showing bright event located near Rosman, North Carolina.
There was a bright event seen across several Southeast states last night at 12:29:30 AM CDT (1:29:30 EDT). Based on the data we currently have, this object was not a meteor or fireball. Tracked by 5 NASA cameras in the SE, it is moving at roughly 14,500 miles per hour, which is too slow to be a meteor. As you can see in the video, it has also broken into multiple pieces, which, combined with the slow speed, indicates a possible reentry of space debris. There are over 120 eyewitness accounts on the American Meteor Society website (www.amsmeteors.org)