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A fireball at night, brighter than the venus - 5.12.2021 at 17.30 Alavus Observation number 102873

Visibility III / V

Jukka Koivisto, Suomenselän Pegasus

As I drove, I noticed a fireball in front of me. Slightly brighter than Jupiter. It progressed in the southern sky towards the southwestern horizon. Progress was quite slow as the car camera video shows its first appearance at 17:30:43 and the last glance at 17:30:49. It went annoyingly behind the tops of the trees and I couldn't push it all the time while driving. It just disappeared behind the trees near the horizon, I didn’t see any glare or flashes. Pictured is the first view in the camera.

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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?
    • 6 seconds
  • How the flight of the fireball ended?
    • I did not see the end of the fireball
  • Brightness of the fireball
    • A fireball at night, brighter than the Venus
  • In which direction the fireball disappeared out of sight?
    • Southwest
  • In which altitude the bolide disappeared from your sight?
    • Very low near the horizon
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