May 17, 2016 2:22 pm
Updated: May 17, 2016 2:28 pm

WATCH: Fireball lights up sky across northeastern U.S., parts of Canada

A bright fireball lit up the sky over the northeastern United States early Tuesday morning.


People across parts of the northeastern United States and Canada were treated to a spectacular show after a meteor lit up the sky early Tuesday morning.

As of Tuesday afternoon, the American Meteor Society had received 330 reports of the event primarily from Maine, but also from Vermont, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Massachusetts, New York, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Ontario and Quebec.

The reports received by the American Meteor Society from across Canada and the U.S.

American Meteor Society

“The giant ball of fire was (seamed) [sic] extremely close going down below the treed horizon,” reported Julian K from Ontario. “I waited a minute because I thought I’ll see fire erupting beyond the end of the lake but nothing.”

The meteor was seen around 12:50 a.m. as it broke up in the sky.

READ MORE: Astro Corner: What’s up in the May sky

Meteors are pieces of dust and debris left over from the formation of our solar system. While most are tiny and cause small flashes in the sky, every so often a larger piece enters our atmosphere, burning up and illuminating the sky, sometimes far brighter than the moon. These types of meteors are referred to as bolides.

We are currently in the midst of a meteor shower, the Eta Aquarids. However, it is unclear as to whether or not the fireball was associated with it.

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