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Fireball Spotted In Skies Over Much Of East Coast, Including Connecticut

July 25, 2019 - 12:11 pm

(WTIC-AM) -- Stargazers from North Carolina to Maine were treated to a show last night.

A fireball streaked across the night sky, including in Connecticut.

Central Connecticut State University astronomer Christine Larsen says a fireball is any meteor that's at least as bright as venus.

"If you take your hands and put them together and rub them really fast, you will feel a lot of heat generated from the friction," Larsen said. "When a rock, a piece of an asteroid from outer space enters our atmosphere it is going incredibly fast and it burns up due to friction with the air, and we see that as the meteor."

In Connecticut, people from New Haven to Putnam reported seeing the fireball.