connectVideoOfficer catches what appears to be a meteor on the dash cam
An Indiana officer got a beautiful view of the Geminid meteor shower — known as one of the best meteor shows of the year in his patrol car late Wednesday.
Cpl. Chris Cramer of the Howard County Sheriff’s Department was driving on a lane just before midnight, when a flash of bright light caught his eye.
“[He] caught in what seems to be from a meteor which our atmosphere on his dash camera in the area of 600 E. on the SR22,” the sheriff’s department posted on Facebook Thursday night, along with a 20-second clip.
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The video shows a massive green fireball streak across the sky, has been viewed more than 12,000 times since it was posted. The residents were quick to chime in — much-the confirmation that she also spotted meteors of this week.
“Meteor shower last night and tonight. Granted cloudy tonight. I saw about 30 or more. Pretty cool,” one man’s comments on the Howard County Sheriff’s Department of the post.
“That is the same … I saw, while in Galveston on that call last night! Lol you thought we were crazy!” a Facebook user replied to his friend.
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“It’s cool being in the right place at the right time. Dash cams have many applications. Thanks for the post,” another added.
The winter meteor shower’s annual appearance this week. The meteor shower that contains residues of 3200 Phaethon, peaked Thursday night to Friday morning was expected to shoot somewhere between 60 and 120 meteors per hour. The space rocks have zoomed by, hitting the Earth at about 22 miles per second, according to the American Meteor Society (AMS).
“The Geminids are often bright and intensely colored,” the AMS states on its website. “By their medium-slow speed, persistent trains are not usually seen.”
The shower was visible in both the Northern and Southern spheres after midnight Thursday, though, the pollution, the weather and the Moon may have prevented some astrologers from the catch of the show.
“The meteors appear in all parts of the sky,” Bruce McClure and Deborah Byrd previously explained to EarthSky. “It is even possible to have your back to the constellation Gemini and see a Geminid meteor flying. However, if you trace the path of any Geminid meteor backward, it appears to originate from in the constellation of Gemini.”