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Extremely rare image of a meteor in daylight with bow shock visible

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This photograph was taken on the evening of July 30th, 2012 in the vicinity of Walnut Canyon, Flagstaff, Arizona at about 6:15 pm. Captured quite by accident and visible in the 11 o’clock position in the picture. It’s a meteor with it’s bow shockwave clearly visible as a halo riding in front of the object.

The odds of capturing such an image are quite literally, astronomical.

Image and text sent by Peter Craven.

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9 Comments

  1. i have seen a similar meteor during daylight it had a fireball with a green tail. Ive seen a few at night looking the exact same i guess fireballs as i am reading the pic does look similar except you cant make out the fire ball. Ive never seen a meteor shower tho thats on my list this summer. The daylight meteor was the first time i saw one and has really got me pumped now finding out how comon they are well its definitly the thing i wish to see most.

    1. I suspect doz is correct, it appears to be be a lens/camera artifact.

      If it were a meteor, there would be a very long smoke/dust trail behind it.

      Also, that is not what a bow shock looks like. It would be a roughly parabola, with the greatest concentration of vapor right in front of the object. The one thing it would NOT be is a ring.

  2. looks like a lens flare from your lens. The sun is just in the right place and so on.. What lens did you use? Can you post full resolution image? I’m sorry, but there is no meteorites in your photo, it is just a lens flare. Just try to take a photo from that exact place at roughly the same time and I bet that you will see this same phenomenon again.

  3. Very cool shot! Ironically I’m into photography and I’m reading again (listening, actually) to an audio book entitled Lucifer’s Hammer. It’s about a comet that slams into Earth and all the excitement afterword.

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