What was that strange light in the sky? - FOX Carolina 21

What was that strange light in the sky?

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A Perseid meteor streaks across the sky in California. (File/AP) A Perseid meteor streaks across the sky in California. (File/AP)
Miriam Wray sent in this picture of the Northern Lights seen from Gowensville, SC. Miriam Wray sent in this picture of the Northern Lights seen from Gowensville, SC.
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Several FOX Carolina viewers called the newsroom Monday night with a common question - what was the bright light I saw in the sky?

Most of the viewers who called said that between 7:45 p.m. and 8 p.m. they saw what appeared to be a bright, fiery ball streaking toward the Earth somewhere in the Upstate. One caller said she saw the flash and it lasted for about 10 seconds. Another said the object appeared to change from red to green as it moved quickly across the sky.

To be honest, FOX Carolina isn't sure what those people observed.

The National Weather Service said a German satellite burned up in the atmosphere during its return home Saturday night, but that happened over the Indian Ocean. They also noted that the only visible meteor shower this time of year, the Leonis Minorids, is very dim.

FOX Carolina also made an inquiry to the Federal Aviation Administration, but officials there said nothing unusual was reported by the tower and high-altitude center that covers the area.

Although there cannot be absolute certainty, most experts we talked to seemed to agree it was most likely a meteor seen in the skies over the Upstate.

In addition to the meteor seen blazing across the sky Monday night, some people reported seeing a display of the aurora borealis, also known as the Northern Lights.

Experts said a solar storm interacted with the magnetic field of the Earth, creating the magnificent display.

Forecasters said a the aurora borealis could make a second appearance in the area Tuesday night.

If you have a picture of the object or the Northern Lights, email it to iwitness@foxcarolina.com.

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