This smoking meteor has been captured by John McDonald in the night sky over Victoria, BC
Captured on December 14, 2014, so right at the Geminid meteor peak, this meteor with a large smoke plume suddenly exploded! Amazing and lucky shot!
Here the information submitted with the Youtube video:
‘On Dec. 14 the Geminid meteor shower produced a very bright flash as I was getting set up for some imaging. I had started a test exposure on the Orion region when the sky lit up with a very bright flash. I did not see the meteor directly but my camera did catch part of the trail and continued to take 2 min exposures after the flash catching an impressive smoke patch that gradually dissapated.’
Here a picture of the meteor just before the event:
‘This amazing smoking meteor explosion video consists of 15 – 2 min raw format exposures. The first exposure was taken at 6:26 UTC and the flash occurred during it. There was a 6 min gap before the second exposure (the one with the bright plume) at 6:32 UTC and the rest followed at 122 second intervals. The last image was at 7:00 UTC so the total time period was 34 min and the time interval for the plume images was 28 min.’
This second image shows the smoke plume just after the meteor disintegration and explosion:
This rare space phenomenon is mind-blowing!