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