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A fireball at night, as bright as a cresent moon - 28.3.2016 at 21.43 Helsinki Observation number 50376

Visibility IV / V

On a bike ride I saw a bright light through the trees in the south-southwest sky. I initially thought it was a low flying helicopter when the headphones on my ears I couldn’t detect the sound. I looked at the road again until with the side eye I noticed the light brightening. I looked more closely at the sky and it was a fireball. In my estimation, the flight took 3-5 seconds.

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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?
    • 4 seconds
  • How the flight of the fireball ended?
    • The fireball faded away
  • In which direction the fireball disappeared out of sight?
    • Southwest
  • In which altitude the bolide disappeared from your sight?
    • About 1/3 from the horizon towards the zenith
  • Brightness of the fireball
    • A fireball at night, as bright as a crescent moon
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