Punta Gorda doorbell camera captures meteor
PUNTA GORDA, Fla.– A Punta Gorda man received an early morning surprise when he checked his doorbell security camera on Sunday.
Jason Warner was at work when his phone went off, alerting him his camera picked up motion.
“I looked at it and didn’t know what it was,” said Warner.
The video shows a meteor streaking down from the sky before ducking out of the camera’s range. This is one of numerous videos of meteors captured on camera in Southwest Florida since at least April 12th.
Heather Preston, the Director of the Planetarium at the Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium, confirmed the falling object in the video is a meteor.
“This meteor shower has already peaked on Thursday of last week,” said Preston.
Preston said the meteor could be debris from Halley’s comet.
“If we intersect one of that comets orbit we intercept the whole debris field floating in that orbit,” Preston said.
Preston said this is an active time of year for meteor showers and we’re not done seeing them in Southwest Florida skies in 2021.
“There are a couple of meteor showers coming up actually. The stream is so thick that it extends from April 29th in its journey along earth’s orbit, all the way to May 28th,” said Preston.