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A fireball at night, as bright as a cresent moon - 18.3.2015 at 21.00 Mäntyharju Observation number 35225

Visibility IV / V

Markku Siljama, Ursa (Etelä-Suomi)

I was in the yard of Vihantasalmi cafe under bright street lights chatting with a guy when I noticed a bright greenish turquoise fire behind his shoulder flying from right to left almost horizontally on a slightly sloping track. separated from each other, I saw a flight path of about 40 degrees.

Kerkes snorted to a friend "disappear", pointing his hand at the target, run about 10 steps to a better place and still follow the disappearance of the ball.

Despite the bright street lights, I recognized a bright star visible above and below Otava that I thought was Vega, and based on that, I judged the song as a flight path from somewhere around Arcturus toward Vega and beyond.

There is no sound perception when the trucks rolled along the adjacent 5-lane.

The most intense meteor I have seen, an observation image coming later.

Edit: added observation image, taken half an hour after the observation when I got to a dark place, very rough assessment of the situation ...

The guy's reaction to the fireball was "someone joking with a fireworks .."

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  • Accuracy of the given observation time?
    • 2 min difference possible
  • How long time did you see the fireball fly in the sky?
    • 5 seconds
  • How the flight of the fireball ended?
    • I did not see the end of the fireball
  • In which direction the fireball disappeared out of sight?
    • North
  • In which altitude the bolide disappeared from your sight?
    • Low near the horizon
  • Brightness of the fireball
    • A fireball at night, as bright as a crescent moon
Technical information

Canon EOS 1100 D 18 mm IS

Comments: 2 pcs
Markku Siljama - 19.3.2015 at 00.27 Report this

Ylläpidolle:kun lisäsin havainnekuvan,katosi havainnosta mallikuva..

Marko Pekkola - 19.3.2015 at 06.26 Report this

Kiitos Markku bugi-ilmoituksesta. Välitän eteenpäin koodarille.

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