In a matter of seconds, a fireball streaked throughout the skies over New Jersey on Dec. 2. Through the occasion, a police dashcam caught the fireball because it lit up the nighttime sky.
The Township of Hamilton Police Division posted the video on its Fb web page earlier this week. The fireball was believed to be a meteor that entered the Earth’s environment, and burned up earlier than hitting the Earth.
“On December 2, 2017 at three:09 am, Sgt. Michael Virga was on patrol when his car dashcam caught a fireball within the sky,” the division mentioned in an announcement. “The occasion was confirmed by the American Meteor Society (AMS) who acquired quite a few experiences alongside the east coast for this occasion.
“AMS states a fireball is one other time period for a really vibrant meteor or about the identical brightness of the planet Venus as seen within the morning or night sky. A bolide is a particular sort of fireball which explodes in a vibrant terminal flash at its finish, typically with seen fragmentation.”