Raleigh, N.C. — A meteor was seen in parts of the Southeast Thursday morning.
The meteor streaked through the sky around 6:50 a.m. over North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Florida.
People could see it if clouds weren’t in the way, meteorologist Kat Campbell said. WRAL viewers in cities such as Goldsboro reported seeing the meteor.
A meteor is a piece of debris from space that enters Earth’s atmosphere.
“You see it flare up because of the difference in pressure that it undergoes,” Campbell said.
Campbell said the meteor Thursday appeared to streak slower than most meteors do.
People reported seeing the meteor in places like Charlotte; Chattanooga, Tennessee; Charleston, South Carolina; Savannah, Georgia; and Jacksonville, Florida.
The American Meteor Society said that meteor activity increases during April as the Lyrid meteor shower becomes active.
The shower peaks in late April.
“We don’t technically have a meteor shower in the area, but at any point you can have just a little shower come through,” meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said.
Don’t expect to find any parts of the meteor on the ground, NASA says on its website. Because most meteors come from comets, which are fragile, pieces of them don’t often make their way to Earth’s ground. When they do, it’s difficult to distinguish them from normal rocks.
People can report seeing the meteor on the American Meteor Society’s website.