Giant fireball streaks across Maine sky

SOUTH PARIS, Maine (CNN/WMTW) — A Maine man recorded a giant fireball in the sky.

While he’s not sure what it was, plenty of other people are willing to take a guess.

“I just happened to catch something out of the corner of my eye,” said Bruce York.

He says he was just driving along Route 26 in South Paris on Saturday afternoon about 5 p.m. when he noticed what looked like a fireball in the sky.

He grabbed his phone and started recording.

“It didn’t look like anything what I’ve ever seen before,” he said. “It didn’t look like any footage I’ve ever seen of a meteorite or a comet. It just struck me as odd.”

He captured video of the strange happening for a little more than 2 1/2 minutes.

He posted it on Facebook and YouTube, and so many people are interested. In two just days, 16,000 people have viewed it from as far away as Slovakia, California, and Canada.

Opinions as to what it is are all over the place.

“People said it could be space junk,” said York. “It could be a contrail from an airplane. It could be fuel dump, an airplane dumping fuel … I really don’t dare to wager one way or another what it is. I really don’t. I just, I’m hoping somebody will contact me and say, ‘OK. Here’s what happened. Here’s what he caught on video.’”

An answer came late Wednesday afternoon from Edward Gleason, staff astronomer at the Southworth Planetarium at the University of Southern Maine.

Gleason saw the video and said he couldn’t rule out a meteor but said if he had to guess, it looks like “space junk” — pieces of a satellite breaking up and falling to earth.

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