|Posted on Oct 05, 2011 10:25:40 AM | William Cooke | 1 Comments ||
A wide field meteor camera at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center recorded this spectacular meteor breaking up in Earth's atmosphere on Sept. 30, 2011, 8:37 p.m. EDT. Also visible is a star-like object moving slowly toward the upper middle of the field of view -- the upper stage of the Zenit booster that launched the Russian Cosmos 2219 intelligence satellite back in 1992. Orbiting 500 miles above Earth, this empty rocket body can get bright enough to be seen with the unaided eye.
Credit: Meteoroid Environment Office/Bill Cooke
Tags : Marshall Space Flight Center, Russian Cosmos 2291, Zenit booster, meteor