MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – As the Geminid meteor shower happens this week and is visible in many parts of the state, the Minnesota State Patrol shares a picture with their soldiers.
The patrol said an officer caught what appeared to be a meteor crossing the sky while patrolling Dakota County on Wednesday morning.
They posted the video below on Twitter, the meteor being visible in 21 seconds.
One of our soldiers appears to have caught a meteor on their flight deck across the sky yesterday morning in Dakota County. The Geminid Meteor Shower is taking place this week. It is usually the heaviest meteor shower of the year. #GeminidMeteorShower pic.twitter.com/fDay3ZNd2T
– MN State Patrol (@MnDPS_MSP) December 17, 2020
Geminids are a meteor shower that can be seen in the northern hemisphere every December, with maximum intensity generally around December 14th.
According to NASA, the Geminids come from an asteroid or a possible “rock comet”. During peak activity, about 120 meteors per hour fly through the sky, traveling 22 miles per second.