Comet dust over central Texas

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[CLICK ON IMAGE FOR HIGH RESOLUTION, Jared Tennant

CometDustDusty debris from periodic Comet Swift-Tuttle was swept up by planet Earth this week.

Vaporized by their passage through the dense atmosphere at 59 kilometers per second, the tiny grains produced a stream of Perseid meteors. A bright, colorful Perseid meteor flash was captured during this 20 second exposure.

It made its ephemeral appearance after midnight on Aug. 12, in the moonless skies over the broad granite dome of Enchanted Rock State Natural Area, central Texas, USA.

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