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A fireball at night, as bright as a cresent moon - 9.1.2018 at 08.10 Pori Observation number 69425

Visibility IV / V

The fireball was really bright, so it stood out in the sky clearly. I drove the observation while making the car under normal street lighting, so I didn’t see how much it would light outside. However, it was so visible that even though I was behind the wheel of a car in city traffic and there were a lot of pedestrians and other things to watch, I noticed it well. I drove along Otavankatu, and the phenomenon was visible to me directly north. The phenomenon lasted 3-4 seconds, after which the fireball disappeared from my point of view behind the house. A truly thrilling once-in-a-lifetime experience!

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  • Accuracy of the given observation time?
    • 2 min difference possible
  • How long time did you see the fireball fly in the sky?
    • 4 seconds
  • How the flight of the fireball ended?
    • The fireball disappeared behind an obstacle (trees, buildings or clouds)
  • 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 a crescent moon
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