'Gorgeous' green meteor lights up New Zealand skies

Night owls across the country were treated to a meteor display that lit up the sky last night.

Last night received dozens of reports of the astronomical phenomenon, reports The Dominion Post.

Eyewitnesses described the meteor as green with a white tail.

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A Manawatu resident who witnessed the spectacle told The Dominion Post: "It was gorgeous. I've seen shooting stars before high up in the sky, but this was a granddaddy one."

The meteor was also spotted in the sky above Auckland and Wellington.