Is It A Shooting Star?

I normally like quiet and serene scenes, but dramatic Milky Way Core shots are an exception. "Catch a Rising Star" was taken at Bodie State Historic Park which is gold mining ghost town in California. The park is usually closed at night, but they have evening hours occasionally. This was taken in August of 2019.

Catch a Rising Star

The object in front is a big old flywheel leaning on the ground. The really bright star is Vega. But, what is the bright white streak near the middle of the photo? I did a little research by doing Internet searches and asking in astronomy and photography Facebook groups. I am not a scientist, so I cannot provide an authoritative answer, but here is my best guess.

So, What Is It?

I am certain it is not something as mundane as a plane. I have plenty of photos of streaks from planes and they have a consistent width. This one has a tail.

It very unlikely to be a manmade satellite. They look like very elongated cigars because they get brighter as they approach and then fade as they depart.

I believe it is a meteor, but not a typical meteor. Most meteors have color in them because of the minerals burning up in the atmosphere. But, ice covered meteors burn white.

Many meteors also have a cigar shaped look, but this one has a tail. I think the ice meteor is falling very quickly and is burning brighter as it gets closer.  It is moving up in the frame, but because it is moving south to north and not down and up.

Maybe it is romanticism, but I think it is an ice covered meteor falling very quickly. It is an exotic shooting star.

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