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New Time-Lapsed Vid: Here's What What It Looks Like When Meteors Slam Into Earth's Atmosphere

"...breathtaking images of Earth at night with meteors ablating -- or burning up -- in the atmosphere."

We've done several stories of meteorites caught on camera streaking across the sky as they fall to Earth or rare finds of the space rocks worth $20,000. But here's a new one: video of a meteor shower before the rocks ever enter Earth's atmosphere.

(Related: Missed the weekend's meteor shower? Catch the shooting stars here)

NASA astronaut Don Pettit on the International Space Station whipped out his camera to take photos of the April Lyrid meteor shower as seen from space.

NASA describes the footage as "revealing breathtaking images of Earth at night with meteors ablating -- or burning up -- in the atmosphere." Check out the time-lapsed video:

What are those "brilliant purplish-white bubbles of light" -- as described by Space.com? According to NASA, it's lightning.

[H/T Huffington Post]

This story has been updated for clarification. 

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