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A fireball at night, brighter than a full moon - 16.11.2017 at 19.00 Tornio, Arpela Observation number 68459

Visibility V / V


My wife and I were on our way from Tornio to Rovaniemi.

We didn't hear any sound in the car. We saw a starburst that turned into an orange / red ball.

Seemed to descend / hover over a roadside field.

The first assumption was that in the case of space debris.



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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?
    • 5 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?
    • About 1/3 from the horizon towards the zenith
  • Sound(s) related to the fireball
    • Other kind of sound(s)
  • Brightness of the fireball
    • A fireball at night, brighter than a full moon
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