This bright meteor streaked through dark
night skies over
South Africa on November 15.
Potentially part of the
annual Leonid meteor shower, its
sudden, brilliant appearance, likened to a camera's flash,
was captured by chance
as it passed between two clouds.
Of course, the two clouds are also visible to the eye in
dark southern skies -
the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds -
satellite galaxies of our own Milky Way.
meteor shower peaked on November 17 as
the Earth passed through the stream of dust from
periodic comet Tempel-Tuttle.
Victor van Wulfen