Did this meteor leave a twisting path? Evidently.
that twist noticeably are rare -
and even more rarely photographed - but have been
The underlying reason for
unusual meteor trains
is that many meteors are markedly non-spherical
in shape and non-uniform in composition.
Meteors, usually sand sized grains that originate in comets,
will disintegrate as they enter the
Non-uniform meteors may evaporate more on one side than another.
This may cause a
rotating meteor to wobble slightly in its path,
and also to
spray fast moving debris
in a nearly spiral path.
The fast moving meteor debris ionizes molecules in the
Earth's atmosphere that subsequently glow when they reacquire
Surely no meteor is perfectly uniform and spherical, so that
a slight swagger that is below perceptibility is likely typical.
Meteors may well have seeded
Earth with the
prebiotic molecules that allowed for the
development of life.