Ever seen a shooting star -- from above?
Everybody's been so busy on these hot August days monitoring the political atmosphere of Iowa, of all places, and South Carolina and New Hampshire for ascending or descending politicians.
Many of us forgot to look up.
Those little and sometimes not-so-little pieces were shed probably around the time of the first Crusades 1,000 years or more ago and have themselves been flying through the vacuum of space ever since.
Summoned by Earth's giant tractor beam (OK it's gravity), these chunks of primeval ice and rock hit the atmosphere at immense speeds and incinerate themselves in a streaking blaze of light.
Down below, they are called shooting stars.
Up above, say, 220 miles up above in the International Space Station, they are called, "Oh, that was a little close."
U.S. astronaut Ron Garan was flying over China a few nights ago watching out the window, which astronauts say is a spellbinding experience since at 17,000 miles an hour they witness a sunrise or a sunset every 45 minutes.
Garan has a good eye for pictures. We've published his stuff here before.
That night he caught this unique view of a shooting star from above. He put it out on his Twitter account: @Astro_Ron
Now, we're putting it out on our Twitter page too: @latimestot Thanks, Ron.
-- Andrew Malcolm
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Photo: Ron Garan / NASA