Meteor Train in Motion

By: Yuichi Takasaka


Region: Americas

Site: British Columbia - Canada


Time-lapse video: Fireballs are rare bright meteors. They are brighter than Venus (at magnitude -4). The streaking meteor in this short video appears much brighter than the rising planet Jupiter (magnitude -2). Note how the meteor leaves a persistent train in the atmosphere which moves away during the several minutes of continuous shots to make this video. The smog-like faint cloud is a glowing ionized atoms because of the meteoroid encounter with the upper atmosphere. After some moments the train spread by the high altitude winds. Yuichi Takasaka/

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