Milky Way and meteor trail

Milky Way and meteor trail

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Credit: BABAK TAFRESHI/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Milky Way and meteor trail. Non-linear meteor trail (centre) crossing the band of the Milky Way in the night sky. This rarely seen zigzag path represents the aerodynamic flight path of a meteoroid, caused by its shape as it spins and spirals through the atmosphere. Photographed in April, from the La Silla site in the Atacama desert of northern Chile.

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