Doorbell camera catches meteor streaking across sky

A Nest doorbell camera got a lucky shot of a meteor shooting across the sky over Fullerton, Calif., in the early morning hours on Nov. 1.

The video shows a burst and then a streak of light which fades out. According to the American Meteor Society (AMS), it could be a fireball, which is the terminology used for a bright meteor that can be seen from Earth. 

Homeowner Jessica Gilstrap posted the original clip to Twitter with the caption: "WHOA! Jared and I were laying in bed and a bright light shone in our room, I thought someone was outside with a flashlight. It was a HUGE meteor! Our doorbell cam caught it. So cool."

Her Twitter video has been viewed over 20,000 times and was picked up by other media outlets, including AccuWeather's Facebook page.


Several thousand fireballs occur in the Earth's atmosphere every day, but most tend to happen over oceans or uninhabited areas or during the day, so it's very rare to see one like this, says the American Meteor Society's website.

Another, similar meteor was spotted shooting over St. Louis on the evening of Nov. 11.