Mysterious orange glow forms after giant fireball disintegrates in the atmosphere

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What is this mysterious orange glow that appeared right after a bright fireball passed through the atmosphere over the Swiss alps?

Is the meteor trail on fire? Is it smoke reflected by sunlight?

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What is this mysterious orange glow emanating from the tail of this exploding fireball? Photo: Ivo Scheggia

This amazing meteor – most probably a Taurid’s fireball – exploded between the Orion Nebula and Rigel over the Swiss alps on November 16, 2015.

Looking closely at the trail behind the fiery meteor, you will observe some kind of geyser-like orange clouds or lights.

The meteor tail isn’t on fire. The orange glow, also known as persistent train, is produced by atoms in the Earth’s atmosphere in the path of the meteor, which emit light when they are disturbed.

The famous Orion Nebula is also visible on the upper left of the image and the bright blue star Rigel, part of the constellation of Orion, is visible to the right.

Keep your eyes to the sky, tonight, the more active Leonids meteor shower is peaking.

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