Comet Tailing

An unwanted smear of light caused by the inability of the camera to process bright objects in darker settings.

Comet tailing is the name of a visual artifact: a smear of light resulting from the inability of the camera's pickup to process bright objects -- especially in darker settings. Object or camera in motion creates the appearance of a flying fireball.

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Comet Tailing
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  • Image by NASA Goddard Space Flight Center: some rights reserved — from flic.kr
Last modified on June 5, 2021, 7:48 pm
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