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A fireball at night, as bright as a full moon - 16.11.2017 at 18.40 Inari Observation number 68393

Visibility V / V

Not visible

I woke up when the field was lit, like a flash of lightning, but the intensity of the light corresponded to the light of a full moon. I looked up and for a moment I thought someone had fired fireworks next door until I realized the direction of the phenomenon was down from the sky and it brightened. At this point, I realized it was some meteorite or the like. My friend and I had time to marvel and rejoice at what we saw and continue what we were already doing when we bounced and rumbled for several seconds after it. The sound came a considerable amount of sight later, maybe even minutes later.



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  • Accuracy of the given observation time?
    • 15 min difference possible
  • How long time did you see the fireball fly in the sky?
    • 7 seconds
  • How the flight of the fireball ended?
    • The fireball faded away
  • In which direction the fireball disappeared out of sight?
    • Northeast
  • In which altitude the bolide disappeared from your sight?
    • Low near the horizon
  • Sound(s) related to the fireball
    • Sonic boom(s) and thunder
  • Brightness of the fireball
    • A fireball at night, as bright as a full moon
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