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A fireball in a twilight sky - 20.2.2020 at 18.20 Aura Observation number 88557

Visibility IV / V

I was driving a car on Aura road No. 9 in the direction of Tampere between about 18: 15-18: 30 when I suddenly saw a bright light phenomenon on the left side of my field of vision. The flash of light was visible to me for about 2-3 seconds and it seemed to fall down and slightly to the right. The sky at the time of observation was partly cloudy and the flash was thus visible among the clouds. The bus I was driving was congested at the time of the incident, so I was not able to make very accurate observations of the phenomenon. However, the light was remarkably bright, corresponded mainly to the full moon seen through the clouds, and came from an unusual direction to be no light reflected from the ground. In time, the phenomenon would fit the fireball observed in Kyyjärvi and therefore I thought I would report my observation, which I initially considered irrelevant.

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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?
    • 2 seconds
  • How the flight of the fireball ended?
    • I did not see the end of the fireball
  • In which direction the fireball disappeared out of sight?
    • West
  • In which altitude the bolide disappeared from your sight?
    • About 1/3 from the horizon towards the zenith
  • Brightness of the fireball
    • A fireball in a twilight sky
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