Police video camera nabs falling meteor during Texas traffic stop

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Dec 16, 2012

Cops catch some wacky things on their dashboard cams: drunk drivers, drug-addled pedestrians and maybe even the occasional streaker. But one cop in Texas might be the first officer ever to come back to the station having captured footage of a meteor streaking across the sky.

Meteors are basically chunks of asteroid that burn as they enter the atmosphere, creating a ball of light that we often refer to as a "shooting star." This one was big enough and bright enough to be seen throughout most of Texas as well as parts of Oklahoma and Kansas, and thanks to this unnamed officer we have the rare treat of seeing footage of it.

Watch the video and note the ball of light moving from left to right across the top of the screen. It's a brief view, and it's not exactly high resolution, but it's still fun to watch. And yes, it's definitely a meteor, according to aviation officials. Though if that big ball of light had turned out to be something freakier, do you think they would tell us?

(via Telegraph)