An Illinois police officer captured the moment when an extremely rare fireball lit up the night sky. The video was taken inadvertently by the camera video from the board of a car of the Woodridge Police Department. Sergeant Chrusciel was near the intersection of 75th Street and Interstate 355 to the east when the fireball appeared.
The meteor is clearly seen crossing the sky from left to right.
While the fireball was brilliant, the sight of the police officer was fortunate.
Jim Hoff, managing analyst at Village of Woodridge, wrote: "The city did not receive any reports.
"The meteor happened early in the morning, and many people were probably sleeping."
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The police department posted the images of the dashcam on Facebook at 5.42 am local time and then added it to the department's Twitter account.
Mr. Hoff added: "The meteorite video reached more than 40,000 people on Facebook, making it our most-watched video."
Meteors, also known as fireballs, are cosmic debris that explode in the atmosphere.
The resulting fireball can 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.
But so far, the agency's Planetary Defense Coordination Office has not identified any imminent threat.
Larger fireballs are rare, but when they do occur, they can cause great damage.
A prominent example was the 2013 Chelyabinsk event, in which a meteor the size of a six-story building broke over a city in Russia.
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The pressure wave during the descent of the meteorite broke glass and injured more than 1,000 people.
And in December of last year, an incoming space rock detonated 16 miles (26 km) above the icy waters of the Bering Sea, generating 173 kilotons of energy.
This amounts to 10 times the amount unleashed by the atomic bomb that the United States launched on the Japanese city of Hiroshima during World War II, confirmed NASA officials.