Dazzling Meteor Streaks Over Canary Islands (Photo)
Veteran astrophotographer Tamas Ladanyi of The World at Night took this image of a meteor cruising across a Milky Way-filled sky on May 15, 2013 from the mountainous island of Tenerife, Canary Islands. A Tajinste flower appears in the foreground.
Credit: Tamas Ladanyi

A meteor soars across a Milky Way-filled night sky over the Canary Islands in this beautiful photo.

Veteran astrophotographer Tamas Ladanyi of The World at Night took this image on May 15 from the mountainous island of Tenerife. A Tajinste flower appears in the foreground with a little light pollution seeping into the image from a nearby beach, according to the photographer.

Our cosmic home, The Milky Way galaxy, is roughly 100 light-years across and comprises nearly 400 billion stars. Earth resides on the Orion Arm of the galaxy, which is a spiral-shaped region of gas and dust located outside the Galactic Center. [Our Milky Way Galaxy: A Visitor's Guide (Infographic)]

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Dust off your spiral arms and fatten up your bulge — it's time to tap into your inner galaxy to test your smarts about the Milky Way. Our home in space is a strange and wondrous place that scientists are still trying to figure out. See what you know!
The Milky Way Galaxy is organized into spiral arms of giant stars that illuminate interstellar gas and dust. The sun is in a finger called the Orion Spur.
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Milky Way Quiz: Test Your Galaxy Smarts
Dust off your spiral arms and fatten up your bulge — it's time to tap into your inner galaxy to test your smarts about the Milky Way. Our home in space is a strange and wondrous place that scientists are still trying to figure out. See what you know!
The Milky Way Galaxy is organized into spiral arms of giant stars that illuminate interstellar gas and dust. The sun is in a finger called the Orion Spur.
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