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Legacy of a Fireball

A brilliant Perseid meteor streaks along the Summer Milky Way as seen from Cinder Hills Overlook at Sunset Crater National Monument—12 August 2016 2:40 AM (0940 UT). It left a glowing train that obvious visually for about 30 seconds. The camera continued to capture a twisting smoke trail that drifted southward over the course of about 45 minutes. The first three minutes of that progression are captured in the 6 frames at the bottom of the image.

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