Shooting Star Photographed From Space By NASA Astronaut Ron Garan During Perseid Meteor Shower (PHOTO)

08/15/2011 12:44 pm ET | Updated Oct 15, 2011

NASA astronaut Ron Garan, who's currently aboard the International Space Station, wowed his 61,000 followers on Sunday with an incredible picture of a shooting star taken during the Perseid meteor shower. (Photo below.)

What a "Shooting Star" looks like #FromSpace Taken yesterday during Perseids Meteor Shower Thanks @JakeGaran 4 cam than a minute ago via Twitpic Favorite Retweet Reply


Discover Magazine's Phil Plait writes that at the time the photograph was taken (7:17 p.m. UT, or 2:17 p.m. EST) the International Space Station was above the border of Mongolia and China. According to, the ISS was about 220 miles above earth.

Garan has become a prolific space-tweeter since taking off for the ISS from Kazakhstan in April. He sent his first TwitPic in April, asking his followers to identify a landmass. He's recently tweeted pictures of Turks and Caicos, Haiti and New York.

Garan's "Shooting Star," as seen from the International Space Station:

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