Geminida meteor shower fireball caught police dashcam


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The Indiana law enforcement officer should be able to choose that fireball out of a lineup.

Video Screen Capture / Red Circle by Amanda Kooser / CNET

The annual Geminids Meteor Shower is doing a shooting star show this month. A police officer in Indiana captured a good performance of a particular fireball this week.

Chris Cramer of the Howard County Sheriff's Department was on patrol when his dash caught a ball of burning green fire in the sky on Wednesday night. Then it disappears in the dark. The department shared the images on Facebook on Thursday.

"Cramer Cramer got what appears to be a meteor coming into our atmosphere on his camera near 600 E. on SR22," the sheriff's department wrote.

Cramer's sighting seems to coincide with reports to the American Meteor Society of a stained fireball from Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, and Pennsylvania the same night. An observer saw sparks coming out of the fireball. Another said it looked like it was going to land on the road.

Not everyone will be lucky enough to see a huge fireball from the Geminids, but there must be plenty of opportunity to see a shooting star while the meteor shower continues to show for Earth's pleasure.

Here's how to visualize the meteor shower, both personally and online.


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