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A fireball at night, as bright as a cresent moon - 10.9.2015 at 22.49 Vesilahti Observation number 42527

Visibility IV / V

Jari Luomanen, Ursa (Länsi-Suomi)

We saw this pretty bright fireball just before it disappeared behind the trees. We were on the beach and at first I thought someone upstairs turned on the lights as the surface of the pier was clearly lit. I was just looking at the northern lights on the camera screen at the time, looking at the surface of the dock.

I turned the camera as fast as possible in the direction of the clearly visible afterglow of the fireball, and I still got the smoke stick still recorded on the screen.

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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?
    • 2 seconds
  • How the flight of the fireball ended?
    • The fireball disappeared behind an obstacle (trees, buildings or clouds)
  • Brightness of the fireball
    • A fireball at night, as bright as a crescent moon
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