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WATCH: Meteor Illuminates Night Sky in New England

The meteor was spotted from New England to Virginia



    Meteor Shines Bright Over New England Skies

    A meteor was seen illuminating the skies late Wednesday. It was spotted in New England and even as far as Virginia. (Published Thursday, July 25, 2019)

    Did you catch the stellar sight that's been making rounds on social media?

    Around 11 p.m. Wednesday night, a bright flash was spotted in the night sky from New England to Virginia.

    It’s likely this was a fireball, or very bright meteor, which is a space rock or debris entering Earth’s atmosphere.

    Several viewers shared videos of the fireball streaking across the sky, including a dashcam video from Interstate 95 in Canton, Massachusetts. It shows a very clear, green flash as the meteor comes into view.

    Another video, taken from a doorbell camera in Leominster, Massachusetts, shows the meteor lighting up the night for just a few seconds before fading again.

    Meteors are what people often call "shooting stars."

    Keep your eyes peeled for more of these in coming weeks. The Perseid Meteor Shower peaks in mid-August and is one of our best shows of the year.