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A fireball at night, brighter than a full moon - 20.2.2020 at 18.20 Tampere Observation number 88461

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I drove a car in Tampere from Kaleva park road from south to north, when a bright fireball flew from the back left (from the center) quickly straight towards Kauppi observatory and right in front of me around the observatory broke into pieces that disappeared behind the hill of Kauppi forest. I first wondered if it was a firework rocket or some battle fighter delusion flashlight (though yes I knew it wasn’t possible in the city, but it looked like it). In Aamulehti’s video, the ball of light travels across the sky as a whole, but I think it shattered into a few pieces that seemed to me from the perspective that those pieces would have fallen into the forest of Kauppi somewhere near the observatory. Of course, it may be that in the dark, tall trees have cut the light so that the ball seems to be sipping.

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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?
    • 2 seconds
  • How the flight of the fireball ended?
    • The fireball broke into pieces, which 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 zenith towards the horizont
  • Brightness of the fireball
    • A fireball at night, brighter than a full moon
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