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A fireball at night, brighter than a full moon - 16.11.2017 at 18.40 Inari Observation number 68411

Visibility V / V


I was inside the apartment with my back to the window in a rather dim room. I woke up to the light coming into the room when the normally dark landscape behind the window looked the same as when a snowmobile was running in front of the window (the groove runs 20 meters away). The light on the snowmobile felt strange when there was no sound of the snowmobile and for safety reasons, the ice of the drain behind the window should not be used.

The sound, on the other hand, felt exactly like snow had fallen from the roof. Nor did it correspond to the time, as a similar sound would normally be heard in April when a half-meter-high snow pack falls from the roof in sheltered weather.

Unfortunately, I don’t remember which was first, the sound or the sighting. I didn’t have time to look out the window so I could have seen the ball of light myself.

The light had to be intense when he paid attention to it even though the light came into the room from the window indirectly.

The window points to the northeast.



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    • 15 min difference possible
  • How long time did you see the fireball fly in the sky?
    • 10 seconds
  • How the flight of the fireball ended?
    • The fireball faded away
  • Sound(s) related to the fireball
    • Thunder
  • Brightness of the fireball
    • A fireball at night, brighter than a full moon
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