So what did everyone see in the sky Wednesday night?

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- It's a bird, it's a plane, it's... most likely a fireball.

Local 8 News viewers said they saw a flame shooting across the sky Wednesday night around 8:42 p.m. We checked in with the American Meteor Society website and found out that what most people thought was a shooting star, was likely a fireball.

The society received close to 200 reports of a fireball on Wednesday night. They received reports from Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, Virginia, South Carolina, Kentucky and North Carolina.

So what is a fireball?

According to the American Meteor Society's website, it's another word for a very bright meteor. A bolide is a special type of fireball that explodes at its end, sending out a flash of light that can sometimes be visible from Earth.

If you happen to see one of these fireballs, don't hesitate to report it to the American Meteor Society. They even have a map to outline some of their recent sightings.

NASA even outlined a meteor movie to check out.