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A fireball at night, as bright as a cresent moon - 24.11.2021 at 18.17 Kouvola Observation number 102505

Visibility III / V

Tero Sipinen, Ursa (Etelä-Suomi)

I had turned towards the weaving path towards Anjala and after a while I noticed a bright light on the right side of the road, quite high in the sky. I guess I already had time to go out before I realized I saw the fireball. And when I realized it, I suddenly grabbed a picture on my cell phone. So not from a fireball, but just to get the most accurate time and place possible. The image has a timestamp of 18.17.57 and can reduce the latency of perception and the activation of the mobile camera by almost 10 seconds (most of which are of the latter :)

Unfortunately, the coordinates did not stick to the image, but outlining the current location and the direction of the road on the map, I would say that the fork showed southeast-southeast.

The fireball was larger than I had seen before and if anything had to be said about its tone, I would say it was maybe a little bluish.

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  • Accuracy of the given observation time?
    • Maximum of 1 minutes difference possible
  • How long time did you see the fireball fly in the sky?
    • 2 seconds
  • How the flight of the fireball ended?
    • The fireball faded away
  • Brightness of the fireball
    • A fireball at night, as bright as a crescent moon
  • In which direction the fireball disappeared out of sight?
    • Southeast
  • In which altitude the bolide disappeared from your sight?
    • About half way between the horizon and the zenith
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