Is This The Greatest Astronomy Photo Ever Taken?
Capturing an image of a meteor in the night sky is a rare and spectacular event. Capturing an image of a rocket launching into space is slightly less rare, but certainly no less spectacular. But what happens if you catch the two together and throw in the stunning backdrop of the Milky Way for good measure. You get the best damn astro photo ever taken, that's what.
Taken by Matipon Tangmatitham, this spectacular image contains the surreal glow of Thailand as seen from the the Doi Inthanon National Park. Above this alien looking landscape is the central band of the Milky Way in all its dusty glory. Look above this glittering galaxy and you'll see two clear streaks. The largest streak is the Ariane 5 rocket, which launched last week from Kourou in French Guinea. These two elements on their own are spectacular enough, but when you look just to the right of Ariane 5 you'll see the thin, but bright streak of a meteor soaring through the sky.
Matipon's image was feature on NASA's Astropic of the Day, which regularly features mind-blowing space imagery, but in our opinion, this is one deserves to top any highlight reel from the site's illustrious 15 year history.
Click here to view the image in all its hi-res glory.