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A fireball at night, brighter than the venus - 16.8.2022 at 00.07 Tampere Observation number 108549

Visibility III / V

Johannes Dahlström, Ursa (Länsi-Suomi)

A really lucky bonga with a quick visit to the balcony before going to bed! The fireball ignited at an altitude of about 15° almost directly southeast (az ~130°), traveled at a fairly leisurely speed almost horizontally to the east, towards the Moon and Jupiter, and broke up and faded slightly before Jupiter (az ~120°). The brightness was something between the aforementioned heavenly bodies, perhaps very round -5 magnitude. The color was greenish white. I didn't notice clear brightenings during the flight. The fireball's flight direction, speed and appearance would seem to refer to space debris. As a Perseid, at least it flew in the wrong direction.



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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?
    • 5 seconds
  • How the flight of the fireball ended?
    • The fireball broke into pieces, which faded away
  • Brightness of the fireball
    • A fireball at night, brighter than the Venus
  • In which direction the fireball disappeared out of sight?
    • Southeast
  • In which altitude the bolide disappeared from your sight?
    • Low near the horizon
  • Brightness in magnitudes
    • -5
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