Michael Chung posted this video to Vimeo three days ago. It’s a meteor seen during the recent Perseid meteor shower, which “popped” or exploded and then left behind a vapor trail. I’ve seen meteors like this one with the eye, but never saw one captured on film. Way to go, Michael!
Astronomers tend to use bolide to describe a very bright fireball, particularly one that explodes.
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