Meteor flashes through ME sky, lights up social media

Meteor flashes through ME sky, lights up social media

A meteor sailed across the Northeast skies Tuesday, dazzling dozens of spectators in more than a half-dozen states, experts said. It was filmed from a stationary auto waiting at a red traffic light in the suburb of Belmont.

A web camera on Maine's Mount Agamenticus captured the object flying through the night sky around 5:52 p.m. It was visible across New England, and as far as south CT, according to NBC Boston.

The bright streak Tuesday evening was seen in parts of New England, including southern ME and New Hampshire.

Many took to Tweeter and described the vent as a "ball of light" that was "fiery" with "a greenish glow".

"I saw this big flashing tail in the sky", said Preville.

Astronomy professor emeritus, Kenneth Janes, at Boston University told the Boston Herald that he doesn't "believe it was part of a meteor shower, the remains of broken up comets falling to Earth". If it had hit the ground, it would have made a tremendous explosion upon impact.

A meteor is a small particle of debris or dust breaking up in the atmosphere. "These are simply bits of rock in orbit around the sun". These occur every day somewhere on the earth, said James.

NASA has identified the larger bits of space rocks that are potentially unsafe, Janes said.

A 10-ton meteorite exploded over Russian Federation with the power of an atomic bomb in 2013, injuring 1,100 people.

"There's always a possibility", said Janes.



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