Events like these occur dozens of times each year. Why was this one special?
Witnesses from Massachusetts to Maine reported seeing a colorful glow in the sky.
The spectacle tends to peak between August 9 and 13.
Chemical composition gave the meteor its green color, according to the Astronomical Society of Thailand.
A little-known band of scientists are scanning the sky for killer asteroids and drawing up plans to save the world.
Fireballs can be as bright as the sun and larger than a full moon
Whole forests went extinct and the type of plant that flourished was never the same after the meteor strike
The flashes were part of the annual Lyrid meteor shower and the rock disintegrated before it could hit the ground