Not to destroy the romance, but when you wish upon a shooting star, you're actually hoping a small scrap of rock or dust will grant your fondest desire. Despite being caused by meteors, shooting stars are still beautiful, and they're even more intriguing when seen from the International Space Station.
NASA astronaut Randy Bresnik posted several lovely looks at a shooting star on social media Friday after he caught sight of a meteor strike while filming a time-lapse video.
Here's his cropped, slowed-down look at the meteor as it transforms into what Bresnik calls "a traditional shooting star formation:"
The shooting star appeared over the west coast of Mexico and originally made a blink-and-you'll-miss-it cameo in the corner of a minute-long nighttime time-lapse video:
Mid-December is traditionally a great time for meteor-watching as the annual Geminids meteor shower puts on a show in the night sky. Most of us will never have a chance to capture a falling star from space, so it's a good thing Bresnik has done the work for us.