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While on a family holiday in the woods in Custer, South Dakota, Wes Eisenhauer set up his camera on a clear, but rather uneventful night in hopes of getting some shots of the Milky Way. 'The sky was incredibly clear and free of any light pollution so I set my camera up, composed the shot, and let my camera click for about an hour while I went inside,' Wes told MailOnline.
'I didn't even look at the pictures for about a week,' he wrote.
'Then I decided to upload them and have a look - and discovered the meteor.'
Upon replaying his time-lapse footage, he spotted the quick movement and sudden pop as the space rock appears to break apart in the sky.
Meteors can travel at speeds up to 50 miles per second and when they disperse - in this instance, into a ring of dust - it happens in a flash.
'I randomly set my camera up and pointed it at that portion of the sky at that very moment,'