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Exploding meteor captured on doorbell camera

By T.K. Randall
February 4, 2020 · Comment icon 7 comments



The spectacle just happened to be within view of the camera. Image Credit: YouTube / SWNS / Gary Rogers
A doorbell cam in Derby, England captured the moment a meteor spectacularly exploded in the night sky.
Doorbell cameras seem to be everywhere these days and this has resulted in all manner of unusual "blink and you'll miss it" incidents being caught on film that would have otherwise gone unseen.

This most recent example, which was recorded outside the home of 52-year-old Gary Rogers in Derby on Monday night, shows a meteor careening down from the heavens, producing a very bright flash.

Rogers recalled how his home security system had alerted him to the event.
"I was in bed and was about to go to sleep when my phone pinged," he said. "I couldn't believe it. I thought it was a firework at first, but I listened to the sound and you couldn't hear any noise."

According to local astronomers, the object is what is known as a bolide.

"Mr Rogers was very lucky to get such a nice bright one," said Sherwood Observatory chairman Rob Dawes. "But you'd be surprised how many of these do come into the atmosphere at any time of year."



Source: BBC News | Comments (7)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by Robotic Jew 3 years ago
"meteor"? not buying it.†
Comment icon #2 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf 3 years ago
And you evidence that it's not a meteor is?
Comment icon #3 Posted by Jon the frog 3 years ago
Looking like it have gone really low before blasting !
Comment icon #4 Posted by Seti42 3 years ago
That's awesome. It's a shame everyone seems to want to live in world of total and constant surveillance, but capturing events like this are an upside to it. PS: We often don't see meteors from that angle, but nothing about the video seems off or shocking, IMO. I'm confident it was a meteor, nothing else.
Comment icon #5 Posted by SpaceBumZaphod 3 years ago
Great video catch. Wish it was in color.
Comment icon #6 Posted by Eldorado 3 years ago
"More footage of the bright meteor over the UK has been sent in to The Lincolnite after first reporting the sighting captured by a doorbell camera in the city on Monday, February 3." See it at the Lincolnite:† https://thelincolnite.co.uk/2020/02/more-meteor-footage-captured-this-time-near-newark/
Comment icon #7 Posted by Amanda Evans 3 years ago
I saw one similar a couple of years ago. It was purply orange Alas no camera N But they do look like fireworks


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