WESTMINSTER, Colo. (KDVR) – If you happened to be awake at 4:30 a.m. Sunday, you might have caught a glimpse of a fireball in the sky.
Jeff Gordley of Westminster caught video of a meteor streaking across the sky (see video above).
“This one looked like it didn’t make it all the way to the ground. It was probably destroyed in the collision with just the atmosphere,” Grant Denn, an astronomer with Metro State University in Denver said.
Denn believes the meteor was likely between 80-100 kilometers from Earth and was so bright due to the sheer speed the rock was traveling.
Shari Brekenfeld in Loveland was able to capture the burst of light from her security camera:
“They are moving so fast compared the earth. The Earth is moving 30 kilometers per second as with the asteroid and it could be coming at the earth or catching up to the earth, it also depends on what angle it is hitting the atmosphere,” Denn said.
Kim Vincent and her husband who live in Black Hawk, told FOX31 the meteor was so bright, it woke them up.
“This huge, brilliant light went off and it completely illuminated the bedroom through our skylights,” Vincent said. “We both sat right up in bed and went, what in the heck was that?”
Vincent is among the many feeling lucky to have witnessed such an event.
“It will be something that we will always remember. I’m really excited that we were able to experience it,” Vincent said. “It will probably be a once in a lifetime event for us.”
Andrew Fisher also caught footage from his south-facing Nest camera in Wellington of the meteor falling to earth.
A resident in Gilpin County, caught similar video (95 miles away from Wellington), where you can clearly see the night sky light up from the meteor raining down:
Patti Nies’ Nest camera captured this video in Centennial:
Jim Zimmerman sent this video from his weather cam in Byers.
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