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This is pretty amazing but unless space travel improves anytime soon, there is strong likelihood that most of us will never get to see the solar system without a telescope.

There is a saving grace to this as apparently it smells really bad. Anyway, we digress.

On Earth, a meteor shower is pretty awe inspiring. But in space the sight of a meteor hurtling towards the planet is incredible.

An astronaut on board the International Space Station has caught the very moment a meteor began to burn up when entering the Earth's atmosphere.

Italian Paulo Nespoli of the European Space Agency managed to record the footage and has since shared it on social media.

It's a real 'blink and you miss it' moment.

Here is a real time version in video form which just demonstrates how instantaneous this sort of moment is.

Pretty cool, huh?

HT Mashable

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