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A fireball at night, brighter than a full moon - 1.11.2017 at 23.10 Rovaniemi Observation number 67978

Visibility V / V

Sari Pietikäinen, Corona Borealis, Rovaniemi

I was driving on a dark forest road towards the Kroopinpalo observation site. At one intersection, I suddenly saw a flash on the side behind the trees. The first thought was that what a wonderful place to shoot fireworks. After all, there is no one in the area at this time in the dark. The fireball was quite clearly green and the biggest I have ever seen. Somehow a green emergency rocket came to mind in that situation. But there shouldn't be anything like that here. Quickly, however, and straightforwardly, it came down and might even break into pieces as it went out. Hard to say, however, when I was in a moving car. The direction was west-northwest, and the flight position was either that which I chose, or at a similar angle to the left.

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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?
    • 1 second
  • How the flight of the fireball ended?
    • The fireball faded away
  • In which direction the fireball disappeared out of sight?
    • Northwest
  • In which altitude the bolide disappeared from your sight?
    • Low near the horizon
  • Brightness of the fireball
    • A fireball at night, brighter than a full moon
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