Photograph Of Meteor Captured In Scotland Goes Viral

March 17, 2015 6:21 PM

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On Sunday night, The Maritime and Coastguard Agency in Scotland and England received a call. People in the Highlands, Dumfries, Galloway, and Cumbria phoned the Coastguard, expressing concerns that they had witnessed a distress flare. However, it was nothing to be worried about: it was merely a beautiful meteor making its presence known across a starry night sky off the shores of Loch Ness. One man, tour guide, John Alasdair Macdonald, caught the remarkable image on his camera, and the photograph has gone viral.

Meteors, colloquially known as “shooting stars” are small rocky or metallic bodies traveling through space. They range greatly in size from virtually invisible to 1-meter wide objects. Often they are fragments from comets or asteroids – much larger bodies – and sometimes they can be debris formed fr...

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