An Illinois police officer captured the moment when an extremely rare fireball illuminated the night sky. The video was inadvertently taken by a Woodridge Police Department car dashboard camera. Sergeant Chrusciel was near the intersection 75th St. / Interstate 355 heading east when the fireball appeared.
The meteor is clearly visible as it crosses the sky from left to right.
While the fireball was bright, the police officer's eyes were lucky.
Jim Hoff, a Village of Woodridge management analyst, wrote: "The city has not received any reports.
"The meteor occurred early in the morning and many people probably slept.
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The police released the Dashcam material at 5:42 am local time on Facebook and added then add it to the department's Twitter account.
Mr. Hoff added, "The Meteor video reached over 40,000 people on Facebook, making it our most watched video."
Meteors, also known as Boliden, are cosmic debris that explodes in the atmosphere.
The resulting fireball ca n will be more than twice as bright as the full moon.
The US space agency NASA is in search of larger space rocks that could pose a threat to life on Earth.
However, so far the agency's Planetary Defense Coordination Office threatening threats have not been identified.
Larger fireballs are rare, but can cause significant damage in such cases.
A prominent example was the Chelyabinsk event in 201
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The blast during meteorite descent fractured glass and injured more than 1,000 people.
In December last year, an incoming space rock detonated 26 km above the icy waters of the Bering Sea and generated 173 kilotons of energy.
That's 10 times the amount released by the atomic bomb The US fell to the Japanese city of Hiroshima in World War II, NASA officials confirmed.