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By: LaddObservatory , 9:02 PM GMT on January 22, 2012
There are some times during the year when a number of meteors can be seen in the sky. For example, the recent Quadrantid meteor shower during the early morning hours of January 4th. But late January is not usually a time that you would expect to see meteors. It is possible, though.
At the Ladd Observatory we've been testing a sky camera to watch for interesting phenomena in the night sky. The camera has a field of view of 90 by 140 degrees which can take an image of nearly the entire sky every 10 seconds.
Last Thursday morning an extremely bright meteor was captured. It was brighter than Mars or Jupiter and left a trail that lingered for nearly 10 minutes.
Click here to see a time lapse video of the meteor.
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