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Meteor spotted in Huntsville

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Multiple sources reported the light over Huntsville on Sunday Multiple sources reported the light over Huntsville on Sunday
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

If you noticed a bright orange light in the sky tonight, don't be alarmed it was just a meteor.

Multiple sources reported the light over Huntsville.

Bill Cooke, of NASA's Meteoroid Environmental Office at Marshall Space Flight Center said, "I am aware of at least one bright event reported by visual observers in Tennessee. Occurring about 7:22 PM Central time, it was detected by 4 of our cameras in Huntsville, Alabama, Chickamauga, Georgia, Cartersville, Georgia and Dahlonega, Georgia. It was picked up at an altitude of 55 miles moving at 52,000 miles per hour and it burned up at an altitude of 27 miles just south of Anniston, Alabama."

Cooke added that we're in the middle of a Taurid meteor shower right now, but that this meteor was not a Taurid. Instead it was a totally different orbit, which extends out to the outer edge of the asteroid belt.

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