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A fireball at night, brighter than a full moon - 16.8.2022 at 00.15 Helsinki Observation number 108559

Visibility III / V

Not visible

I was riding an electric bike in Kulosaari towards the east, when a bright celestial object that looked like a burning ball(?) flew up in front of me. I would describe it as a rocket that flew horizontally and never popped but faded away. At the same time I heard a hissing sound. I was surprised at how low the flight took place, and I wondered if it could be fireworks? On the other hand, why would there be one rocket flying in the sky between Monday and Tuesday that doesn't even pop? Also, it looked like a ball, was really bright in the middle and looked like it was on fire. It had a "tail" at the back and the flight was really short. It faded away in seconds. While flying, I heard a hissing sound from it.

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  • Accuracy of the given observation time?
    • 5 min difference possible
  • How long time did you see the fireball fly in the sky?
    • 4 seconds
  • How the flight of the fireball ended?
    • The fireball faded away
  • Brightness of the fireball
    • A fireball at night, brighter than a full moon
  • In which direction the fireball disappeared out of sight?
    • North
  • In which altitude the bolide disappeared from your sight?
    • About half way between the horizon and the zenith
  • Sound(s) related to the fireball
    • Hiss or rattle
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