It's widely understood that doorbell cameras have recorded some intriguing incidents ever since their inception. However, scarcely any of them have documented something as otherworldly as this.
A doorbell camera in Texas recorded an incredible clip that was so astounding that even NASA became involved.
The video depicted above exhibits an ordinary Texas backyard, but suddenly, the atmosphere changes drastically as a sonic boom resounds, frightening the perched birds.
If you happen to be acquainted with sonic booms, you would know that they are produced when an object moves through the air at a velocity greater than that of sound. It's understandable why the birds were taken aback.
Coincidentally, the object responsible for the sonic boom in this case was a meteor weighing nearly 454 kg, or half a ton, and NASA has officially verified the event.
According to local media, the meteor fragmented as it penetrated the Earth's atmosphere at roughly 6:00 pm on February 15 and eventually crashed near McAllen, Texas.
In a statement, NASA reassured the public that there is minimal threat to their safety: "Although meteorites tend to hit Earth's atmosphere at high speeds, they slow as they travel through the atmosphere, breaking into small fragments before hitting the ground. Meteorites cool rapidly and generally are not a risk to the public."
In addition to calming the public's concerns, the space agency published a report regarding the incident, along with an image indicating the probable impact sites of the meteor fragments.
"The meteor seen in the skies above McAllen is a reminder of the need for NASA and other organizations to increase our understanding and protection of Earth, to combine scientific and engineering expertise to advance human space exploration, to integrate terrestrial and planetary research for furthering our understanding of the solar system, and to promote successful space missions by mitigating risk," NASA said.
Various members of the public also reported on the meteor, and the burst of light it produced was recorded by a Geostationary Lightning Mapper around 5:30 pm.
As the name implies, the lightning mapper is typically used to chart lightning strikes. Nevertheless, the NWS verified that there was no thunderstorm activity in the vicinity when the image was taken.
In response to the remarkable doorbell camera footage, a viewer penned the following comment: "Strange how animals pick up the danger cue much faster than humans."
"Idk why but I was expecting it to hit the car," added a second, while a third remarked: "I thought the bird was being sucked into a meteor vortex."
A fourth individual couldn't resist making a jest: "Imagine trying to explain that to your insurance company."