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Meteor spotted in New England sky

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(Portland Maine Police Department photo) (Portland Maine Police Department photo)
PORTLAND, ME (WFSB) -

It's been the talk of social media across the northeast and the pictures and videos did not do it justice. 

What looked like a giant fireball streaked across the night sky on early Tuesday morning. However, those up around 1 a.m. in the northeast got to see a meteor flash across the sky. 

Police in Portland, ME said one of their dash cams just happened to record it.

"You never know what you are going to see on duty," police posted to their Facebook page. "Sgt. Farris was looking for speeder[s] while parked in front of the central fire station and was able to observe some visitors 'from away'....far away."

 Video of the meteor was also recorded at an airport in Vermont and a security camera outside a home in Tolland. 

"It's rare enough that when it happens, it's pretty exciting," David Mestre, who is the manager of space science education at the Discovery Museum and Planetarium in Bridgeport, said. 

Mestre said meteors "happen every single night."

"All you have to do is look up," Mestre said. "But, if your lucky enough to catch one of these extraordinary meteors, these are meteors that can be as bright as the full moon."

Meteors occur when little, or in this case - large chunks of rock and debris, fall through the earth's atmosphere. The friction and heat created while passing through the atmosphere creates that bright tail. 

The event was spotted by plenty of people in Connecticut and posted their reactions on the WFSB Facebook page.

"It was so awesome, seemed to go on forever, then fizzled out," Matt Zuerblis of Wethersfield posted. 

More than 400 people all across the northeast United States and Canada reported seeing the meteor to the American Meteor Society. If you did spot it or have video of it, experts said it's important that you notify the people at American Meteor Society.

"We collect this information, scientists do, so that we can study these events in more detail," Mestre said. "It might actually help us to find any of the actual material if it landed, there might actually be somewhere in Maine meteorite material waiting to be collected."

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