|Meteorite in fire!|
Image Copyright Ivo Shaggia via APOD
Personally, I have never before seen pictures of such "flames". This must be a once in a lifetime photo, the kind of which cannot be planned nor prepared - it just happened like a winning ticket in lottery. The camera was pointing to the right direction and the shutter was open just in the right moment - not a minute too early nor a minute too late.
Click the link below to see this exquisite photo in all its glory and to learn details about it. There is written, among other things that
the persistent train's glow emanated from atoms in the Earth's atmosphere in the path of the meteor -- atoms that had an electron knocked away and emit light during reacquisition. Persistent trains often drift, so that the long 3-minute exposure actually captured the initial wind-blown displacement of these bright former ions.Congratulations Ivo Shaggia, what a great photo!