It took a phone call Thursday to the Denver Astronomical Society to bring us back down to Earth. Ron Hranac, president of the society, picked up the phone and agreed to take a look at the video.
As he viewed the clip, he immediately ruled out meteors. As he studied the video closer, the answer revealed itself: Lens flare.
Hranac said what Lee’s camera picked up was the headlights from cars zooming by on I-25.
The phenomenon known as lens flare essentially tricks the camera into thinking it's picking up solid objects. It occurs when a bright light source enters the lens, does some crazy scattering and then manifests itself on the screen as an object, usually in the shape of the lens iris.
So, as we carefully placed our tin-foil hats back in our desks, we put to rest another mystery. But we're always ready for the next one.