Meteor Composite (NASA, Marshall, 1/3-4/12)
This false-color composite image shows meteors streaking through the skies over NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., on the night of Jan. 3-4, 2012. These represent a combinination of Quadrantid and non-Quadrantid meteors. The dotted arcs in the image represent star trails. In photography, star trails result when a time exposure is made of a star using a fixed camera, caused by the rotation of the earth while the camera's shutter is held open. The bright orb-path on the right-center side of the image shows a time-lapse of moonset.
Image credit: NASA/MSFC/Meteoroid Environments Office/Danielle Moser and Bill Cooke
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