Watch: Meteor Shoots Across New England Sky

A meteor from the Geminids meteor shower enters Earth's atmosphere above New York, December 12, 2009. A separate meteor this week was visible across parts of the U.S. and Canada. Stan Honda/Getty

A meteor lit up the night sky over New England and eastern Canada early on Tuesday.

A bright light streaked across the sky shortly after 12:50 a.m. ET over states extending from Pennsylvania to Maine, according to the American Meteor Society. It was also captured by the dashcam of police officers in Portland, Maine.

About 100 tons of dust and sand-sized particles known as meteorites enter the Earth's atmosphere each day, though most are too small to be noticed, according to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

NASA estimates that a meteor about the size of a car enters the Earth's atmosphere on average once a year, producing an impressive fireball that burns up before reaching the ground.