A Rocket, a Meteor and the Milky Way, All in One Overwhelming Image

By Jamie Condliffe on at

Pictures of rockets, meteors and the Milky Way are all amazing. But one with all three makes for an overwhelming image indeed.

This amazing picture shows the night sky over Doi Inthanon National Park in Thailand. Within it, you can see the central band of our Milky Way Galaxy, hovering in a surreal manner. But there's more: just right of top centre, there's a lovely vertical meteor streak, and just to the left of that a bright spot, which is actually the rising Ariane 5 rocket, launched a few minutes before from Kourou, French Guiana.

Lucky coincidence? Nope: the image was timed to perfection to capture the rocket in flight. But the result was well worth the wait. Click here for a zoom-able version to see all the detail in full. [NASA]

Image by Matipon Tangmatitham