A police dashboard camera caught a rare sight Saturday night — a bright meteor over the East Coast.
Township of Hamilton police Sgt. Michael Virga was on patrol at 3:09 a.m., when he saw the meteor. Footage from his vehicle's dashcam was posted Thursday on the police department's Facebook page.
Ahead of the Geminid meteor shower, the American Meteor Society confirmed they received multiple reports of a fireball in the skies. According to the AMS, a fireball is another term for a meteor with the same brightness as the planet Venus, often seen in the early morning hours.
A bolide is a special type of fireball which explodes in a bright terminal flash at its end, often with visible fragmentation.
They caught the fireball just in the nick of time. Weather conditions at 3:00AM were clear across the region. However, by the time 4AM came along, the sky clouded up, as light rain fell later that morning.