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Starlink, meteor, space junk? Bright streak of light spotted in the South Florida sky

Posted at 7:33 AM, Jan 08, 2020

Bright lights streaking across the South Florida sky sparked questions early Wednesday morning.

Around 5:30 a.m., WPTV received a call from Keith Howell, a resident in Clewiston, Florida, who said he was walking his dogs when he saw a huge streak across the eastern sky.

Storm Team 5 Meteorologist Kahtia Hall reported that the National Weather Service said Wednesday that the object could be part of the Quadrantid meteor shower which is occurring through mid-January.

National Weather Service say bright light could've been meteor

Apparently residents on Florida's west coast also spotted the object.

WINK-TV Meteorologist Matt Devitt in Fort Myers tweeted at 6:16 a.m. that he received similar reports from a viewer in Charlotte County, Florida.

Just before 7 a.m., Chopper 5 also saw some strange cloud-like streaks in the eastern sky, but it is unclear if that is related to the early-morning cosmic questions.

WINK-TV spoke with Calusa Nature System and Planetarium Education Coordinator Rebecca Wadman, who said it was likely Space X's 60 Starlink satellites that were launched Monday.

Last week, a mysterious object, with what looked like fire coming from the back, was spotted off the Treasure Coast on New Year's Day. However, the U.S. Department of Defense said it was a commercial airplane that had sunlight reflecting off the plane's contrails, creating an illusion that the object was on fire.

South Florida residents spot lights streak across the sky Wednesday morning