Eliot Herman wrote:
The ‘clouds’ to the north are really smoke from the Bighorn fire that was lit by lightning on June 5 and is still underway. The gap in the middle is the click of the camera which is under 0.5 seconds; a calculation of line flight makes this at least a 6-second transit across the field of view. This is a stack of 2 images. 2:11 a.m. A bright moon lights the smoke.
Thank you, Eliot!
Botton line: A bright meteor – also known as a fireball – captured in Tucson, Arizona, on June 9. The “clouds” are smoke from the Bighorn fire.
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