It was one of the brightest meteors I have seen in my life, stargazing hundreds of nights around the world. Shooting another direction my camera didn't catch the fireball with its full moon glory but I pointed the camera to the glowing smoke left from the meteor in the constellation Ursa Major (Big Bear) to create this rare timelapse video that shows the dynamic of a fading Persistent Meteor Train in the dark starry sky of northern Maine. The smoke is a glowing ionized atoms because of the meteoroid encounter with the upper atmosphere. The cloud expands and moves away during the several minutes of continuous shots because of high altitude winds. The fireball was related to Orionid meteor shower and was seen in the early morning of Oct. 19, 2012. The dark location (westbranchpondcamps.com) in a beautiful lake camp was selected by my friend Anthony Shostak from Bates College Museum of Art for a sky photography workshop I was giving to a group of Bates students. All rights reserved by Babak Tafreshi, twanight.org/tafreshi

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