Video: Perseid meteor explodes and leaves a vapor trail

A meteor during the recent Perseid meteor shower that exploded and then behind a vapor trail, captured on video by Michael Chung.

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!

2013 Perseids Meteor Shower: Meteor Explosion from Michael Chung on Vimeo.

Astronomers tend to use bolide to describe a very bright fireball, particularly one that explodes.

Read more about Michael’s video on Vimeo.

Deborah Byrd