Tag Archives: Michael Chung

2013 Perseids Meteor Shower: Meteor Explosion

I got really lucky and captured what I believe to be a meteor explosion with a resulting, expanding shock wave or debris ring.

UPDATE: After being fortunate to have Universe Today cross post my vid, I learned more about the phenomena recorded here. While this does show a meteor breaking apart, the resulting, expanding ring is called a “persistent train” and is NOT a debris ring. Rather, it is glowing gas – charged gas that has been heated by compression caused by the meteor and giving off electrons (similar to how a neon sign works). It happens fairly often but it isn’t so regularly documented. (more…)