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A fireball at night, as bright as a full moon - 26.1.2023 at 18.20 Oulu, Karjasilta Observation number 111784

Visibility III / V

Janne Lankila, Ursa (Pohjois-Suomi)

I was trying to look at comet C/2022 e3 with the naked eye when I noticed a bright light coming from the north, roughly "straight towards" the direction of the comet. I couldn't see the stern from this angle. At first I thought it was an airplane, but then it brightened like a flash, lit up for a while and suddenly went out. Completely silent, but remarkably bright, like the light of a high-powered headlamp. The weather was clear, there was a lot of light pollution in the city. It's strange that I haven't noticed other observations. from day/night.

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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?
    • 5 seconds
  • How the flight of the fireball ended?
    • The fireball disappeared suddenly
  • Brightness of the fireball
    • A fireball at night, as bright as a full moon
  • In which direction the fireball disappeared out of sight?
    • North
  • In which altitude the bolide disappeared from your sight?
    • About 1/3 from the zenith towards the horizont
Comments: 3 pcs
Emma Bruus - 30.1.2023 at 19.51 Report this

Tuolla Oulu-Kajaani -akselilla on ollut 26-27.1. myös lentosotaharjoituksia, joissa on käytetty soihtuja. Tästä ei nyt suoraan osata sanoa kummasta on kyse ja hyvin voi olla tulipallokin.

Janne Lankila - 30.1.2023 at 20.17 Report this

Hyvä huomio, havainto saattaa mennä hyvinkin soihdun piikkiin. Koneen ääntä ei kuulunut, mutta etäisyyttä on vaikea arvailla, saattoi olla hyvinkin korkealla ja kaukana.

Markku Siljama - 30.1.2023 at 21.47 Report this

Samalta ajanhetkeltä ei tulipallohavaintoja Lapin ilmatilassa Norjan havaintoverkon mukaan mutta ei sulje pois kuitenkaan tulipallon mahdollisuutta.

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