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A fireball at night, as bright as the sun - 16.11.2017 at 18.40 Inari Observation number 68414

Visibility V / V

Not visible

Observation from the car window of bright light, on the north wall of the approx. 2-storey building and on the whole floor. I thought the back of some car put the long ones on and my own enviably bright extra lights. I was on the phone then and knew there was no car in the back and the next thought was you didn’t light up the sports field lights because it illuminated the whole area, but it also seemed unreal because the light fluttered in the area and I looked back first momentarily ascending and to a height of about 1/3 of the horizon after which came down and faded. The direction was from the northeast to a little north. During the phenomenon, I used to wonder about lights and fireworks for a friend, so the duration was several seconds.



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  • Accuracy of the given observation time?
    • 5 min difference possible
  • How long time did you see the fireball fly in the sky?
    • 3 seconds
  • How the flight of the fireball ended?
    • The fireball faded away
  • In which direction the fireball disappeared out of sight?
    • North
  • 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 the Sun
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