An Illinois police officer captured the moment when an extremely rare fireball illuminated the night sky. The video was inadvertently taken by a video camera from the dashboard of a Woodridge Police Service car. Sergeant Chrusciel was near the intersection 75th St. / Interstate 355 facing east when the fireball appeared.
The meteor is clearly seen crisscrossing the sky from left to right.
While the fireball was brilliant, the policeman's view was lucky.
Jim Hoff, a management analyst with the Village of Woodridge, wrote, "The city has not received any reports.
"The meteor arrived early in the morning and many people were probably sleeping."
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The police department released the dashcam sequence on Facebook at 5:42 am local time and then added it to the department's Twitter account.
Mr. Hoff added, "The meteor video has reached more than 40,000 people on Facebook, making it the most watched video."
Meteors, also known as racing cars, are cosmic debris that explode in the atmosphere.
The resulting fireball can become more than twice as bright as the Full Moon.
The US space agency NASA is looking for larger space rocks that could pose a threat to life on Earth.
But so far, the agency's global defense coordination office has not identified any imminent threats.
Larger fireballs are rare, but when they do occur, they can cause considerable damage.
The Chelyabinsk event in 2013, in which a meteor the size of a six-story building collapsed over a Russian city, is a striking example.
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The pressure wave during the descent of the meteor broke the glass and injured more than 1,000 people.
And last December, a rock rock exploded 26 km above the icy cold waters of the Bering Sea, generating 173 kilotons of energy.
That's the equivalent of 10 times the amount triggered by the atomic bomb that the United States dropped on the Japanese city of Hiroshima during World War II, officials at NASA said.