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Red Cross team accidentally captures meteor on camera

Monday, September 16th 2019, 1:23 pm - Members of a Red Cross Water rescue team in northern Germany accidentally filmed a meteor streaking across the skies above the North Sea on Thursday, September 12.

The Oldenburg Red Cross said three team members were sailing toward Wangerooge Island as part of a training exercise when a mounted GoPro camera captured the moment that a bright light trailed across the sky. The team members did not notice the meteor at the time, the Red Cross said.

WHAT IS A METEOR?

When meteoroids, i.e., space objects that range in size from a few grains of dust to a few metres in width, enter Earth’s atmosphere at a high speed and burn up, they create a fireball or "shooting star" effect in the sky that's known as a meteor, according to NASA.

Research suggests Earth is hit by around 6,100 meteors annually, which averages out to about 17 a day.

VIDEO: METEOR FLASHES OVER WASHINGTON

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