A Reddit user has shared an amazing timelapse video he had shot of the Milky Way. It is ineffably beautiful, yes, but this is not the reason it caught fire on social media. No, it was something that briefly appeared in the skies that got everyone’s attention.
So, here is the Redditor in question — Wes Eisenhauer — setting it up:
I shot a time lapse of the Milky Way the other night. Something appears to hit the atmosphere and explode around the 4 second mark. Any ideas what it is?
I will venture no guess. Instead, here is one comment which seems to have been accepted by most viewers:
My first guess would be a bolide, or a large meteor — one that’s bigger than the typical grain of sand, and too small to make it to Earth. It enters and heats and pops. It could also be a bit of large space junk, a spent rocket stage or the like. Either way, yes, it probably came from space.
Whatever it was, the scene was just amazing, here it is:
Here are three images of the thing appearing and growing, before going away:
Share this stunning timelapse — and an awesome catch — with your friends and tell us what you think appeared in the skies in the comments below.