A Rainbow Geminid Meteor
Meteors can be colorful.
While the human
eye usually cannot discern many colors, cameras often can.
Pictured is a
captured by camera during
last week's meteor shower that was not only impressively bright, but colorful.
radiant grit cast off by asteroid
3200 Phaethon blazed a path across
Earth's atmosphere longer than 60 times the angular diameter of the Moon.
Colors in meteors usually originate from ionized elements released as the
meteor disintegrates, with blue-green typically originating from
radiating violet, and
nickel glowing green.
Red, however, typically originates from energized
oxygen in the Earth's atmosphere.
was gone in a flash -- less than a second -- but it left a
wind-blown ionization trail that
for several minutes,
the start of which can
be seen here.
Authors & editors:
NASA Web Site Statements, Warnings,
NASA Official: Jay Norris.
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