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A fireball at night, as bright as the sun - 16.11.2017 at 18.39 Inari Observation number 68394

Visibility V / V


While driving from Inari to Ivalo, a bright ball suddenly came around and after that a big ball appeared in the front window of the car, followed by a long bright tail of light. This flew from southwest to northeast almost directly above the car just slightly above the trees. It looked like the light had gone out before hitting the lake on the left. We drove 80km / h by car and there was still a hissing sound inside for about 3 seconds.

So the fireball went almost directly above us, the front window of the car had to reach forward so that the roof did not obscure the view. It looked like it would have been really low, maybe 50m above the trees. It would illuminate the environment extremely brightly, I have never seen anything so bright. The ball went over Ukonjärvi and went out, a few trees were between the road and the lake, but it seemed that if it hadn’t gone out then it would have gone straight into the lake a couple of hundred meters away. There was a loud hum, but no bangs or rumbles.



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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?
    • 5 seconds
  • How the flight of the fireball ended?
    • The fireball disappeared suddenly
  • In which direction the fireball disappeared out of sight?
    • Northeast
  • In which altitude the bolide disappeared from your sight?
    • About half way between the horizon and the zenith
  • Sound(s) related to the fireball
    • Hiss or rattle
  • Brightness of the fireball
    • A fireball at night, as bright as the Sun
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