A "fireball" lit up the sky on Monday which NASA confirmed was space debris re-entering the earth's atmosphere, traveling around 14,500 miles per hour. Five NASA cameras tracked the debris in the southeast.
The mysterious object was spotted around 1:30 a.m. in Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee and Alabama, prompting people to post photos and videos on social media. Several phone calls were received by the Channel 2 Action News regarding the sighting.
Witnesses described it as a bright fireball with lights streaming behind it that disappeared quickly.
One witness from McDonough said, "Something with bright colors with a long following of bright colors went through the sky. It was amazing," Channel 2 Action News reported.
The Tellus Science Museum in Cartersville is part of NASA's fireball camera network and monitors the sky on clear nights.
"Every once in a while the earth runs into these objects as we're moving around the sun," said David Dundee from the Tellus Science Museum. "On the average I see two or three reports every month of a bright, really bright fireball."