The First Video of Earth Bombarded by Meteors From Orbit

See those explosions of light against the backdrop of our ever-spinning Earth? They are meteors burning through our planet's mesosphere, captured from the International Space Station in a time lapse made of 316 still frames by astronaut Don Pettit.

The meteors are the Lyrids, a meteor shower that happens each year, when Earth crosses material left by the periodic Comet C/1861 G1 Thatcher.

I don't think I would be able to be an astronaut on board the ISS. I would be looking through the cupola constantly.


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As many commenters have already noted, I'm pretty sure the vast majority of what we see here is lightning strikes, not meteor strikes.

It would be very helpful to point out where the few lone meteor hits are shown instead of vaguely saying this whole video contains meteor hits. I still cannot pick them out.

Unless I'm the stupid one and this is all meteor hits as implied, but I've seen just enough of these videos to be 99% sure that is not the case.