Meteor or space junk? Dashcam captures mystery object over Florida Keys

Meteor or space junk? Dashcam captures mystery object over Florida Keys

FLORIDA (WAFF) - Looks like dashcam video and an observant law enforcement officer caught a possible meteor burning up over the Florida Keys.

Whatever it is, it flew over just before 11 p.m. Eastern Time Tuesday.

The apparent fireball shooting across the sky may be a meteor breaking up or it could be space junk re-entering the atmosphere.

Huntsville's Marshall Space Flight Center's Bill Cooke of NASA's meteoroid environmental office says it has more of the characteristics of a man-made object burning up, something like space junk, but says it could also be a slow-moving meteor.

The dashcam video comes from Monroe County Sheriff Sgt. Evan Calhoun. He was in his car stationed on Big Pine Key in the lower Keys.

The American Meteor Society reports that more than 50 people saw this celestial event and reported it on the AMS website.

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