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

The Huffington Post     First Posted: 08/15/11 01:44 PM ET   Updated: 10/15/11 06:12 AM ET

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.)

Tweeted Garan:

What a "Shooting Star" looks like #FromSpace Taken yesterday during Perseids Meteor Shower Thanks @JakeGaran 4 cam http://t.co/3TsuUnZless 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 Space.com, 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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