Arizona researcher asks for help finding meteor in Maine

PHOTO: The Perseids meteor shower over the ESO's VLT, Photo Date: August 16, 2010 - Cropped Photo: ESO / S. Guisard (CC BY 4.0)

RANGELY, Maine (AP) - A planetary science field researcher from Arizona is seeking help finding a fireball recorded last week streaking across the sky by police in Maine.

The bright flash was apparently left by a meteor burning up in Earth's atmosphere.

The U.S. Naval Observatory says the object was probably a space rock somewhere between the size of a toaster and a refrigerator.

The Maine Mineral & Gem Museum suspects the meteor crashed into the woods in northwestern Maine. It's offering a $20,000 reward for a piece of the meteorite weighing at least 2.2 pounds.

WCSH-TV reports people have flocked to Rangely, including researcher Robert Ward. He says the rock must be tested soon or risk having its chemistry changed.

Witnesses are asked to file a report with the American Meteor Society.