Watch the moment a fireball smashes into Earth's atmosphere and explodes during the Orionid meteor shower
The Orionid meteor shower peaked in the early morning hours on Friday, which is likely why Tate was able to capture the meteor exploding.
A photographer caught an incredible sight early Friday while filming the Orionid meteor shower.
Brenda Tate was taking a timelapse when her camera captured a meteor glowing across the sky. Then the moment it hit Earth's atmosphere, the space object broke apart over North America.
The Orionid meteor shower peaked in the early morning hours on Friday, which is likely why Tate was able to capture the meteor outside her home in Nova Scotia, Canada.
Some of these Orionids leave behind glowing "trains" which are essentially incandescent bits of debris in the wake of the meteor. The sights can last up to several minutes, and some faster meteors could also become fireballs.
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NASA said skygazers could spot up to 15 meteors per hour, depending on where you lived.
While the Orionid meteor shower's peak was on October 21, the Orionids will be active through November 22.