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.

Comet Tailing
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