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EarthSky // Today's Image Release Date: Dec 27, 2013

Meteor meets Magellanic Clouds

Here’s a cool shot of a meteor that happened to pass between the two Magellanic Clouds, our MIlky Way galaxy’s satellites.

View larger. |  A Perseid meteor streaks between the two Magellanic Clouds during the peak of the 2013 Perseid meteor shower.  Photo by Colin Legg.

View larger. | A meteor streaks between the two Magellanic Clouds during the peak of the 2013 Perseid meteor shower. Photo via Colin Legg Photography. See more wonderful photos by Colin on Facebook.

If you’re far enough south on the globe to see them, the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds – the two satellite galaxies of our home galaxy Milky Way – are best seen in the evening from December to April. Astrophotographer Colin Legg in Australia captured this cool photo of a meteor streaking between the two Magellanic Clouds in August 2013. Thank you, Colin! When I told him we were publishing this photo, he said:

Thank you. We love our Mag clouds!

Click here to read more about the Large Magellanic Cloud.

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