Meteor streaks across the night sky in New England

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Viewers were left too dumbstruck to take photos on phones and cameras, but the white trail the meteor made was captured by the Mount Agamenticus Conservation Program in York, Maine.

Researchers are looking to learn more about the object but said they are not totally surprised, even if it was random.

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

While it's unclear what the object was, it may have been a meteor or a fireball. Preville said the bright light disappeared about four seconds later. The last meteor shower that he was talking about was the Geminid meteor shower that picked on 13-14 December.

Like many locations across ME last night, our office security camera captured the stunning meteor just before 6pm. The Chelyabinsk meteorite that hit Russian Federation in 2013 was about ten metric tons and exploded before hitting the ground, creating an airburst that caused shockwaves and even a sonic boom.

Also, the meteor was traveling between 10 and 25 miles above Earth, thus keeping it out of range of aircraft. These are simply bits of rock in orbit around the sun.

The meteor that flew over New England last night was relatively small and harmless, but a meteoroid doesn't need to hit the Earth to cause huge damage.

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