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Thunder and meteors! NASA camera captures spectacular night-time combo


Daniel Martins
Digital Reporter

Saturday, August 3, 2013, 12:26 -

Lousy weather is usually the bane of skywatchers, but the storms above NASA's Marshall Space Flight Centre in Alabama last week actually enhanced an already pretty show.

Check out this skycam shot, recorded on August 1 at around 12:17 a.m.:

That storm to the southwest brought lightning that briefly lit up the sky, just seconds before a Capricornid meteor streaked across the sky at around 86,000 km/h before winking out.

Here's a closer shot of the meteor's fiery tail:

The Capricornids are a meteor shower that occurs when material from the tail of comet 169P/NEAT passes through Earth's atmosphere.

It's not the most spectacular display, but patient meteor lovers can still catch a glimpse until around mid-August.

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