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A fireball at night, brighter than the venus - 4.4.2023 at 22.50 Ulvila Observation number 114915

Visibility III / V

Vesa Puistovaara, Porin Karhunvartijat

Here is perhaps one of my finest observations for myself personally.

I went to warm up the car for the morning, when the frost was still promised. When I came back, I also saw this fireball flying with my own eyes! After the breakup, I was able to separate at least seven individual burning parts after a larger part.

The fireball ignited below Arcturus and traveled from southeast to east at high speed. Sometimes I feel like I'm filled up to my throat with video images and recordings, but this time the video really warmed my heart :D It's so much better to be able to witness these fireballs live, let alone watch the pixelated mess on the screen!

It's good that visual observations have been made here of the fireballs of the last few days - it must have been great to see and experience these few so-called bigger balloons themselves; and it's great when there is a place where you can also report your observations!

(for a moment I even wondered whether to put the video in my observation at all, because it is only a pale approximation of the actual view that I myself got to see)

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  • Accuracy of the given observation time?
    • Maximum of 1 minutes 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 broke into pieces, which faded away
  • Brightness of the fireball
    • A fireball at night, brighter than the Venus
  • In which direction the fireball disappeared out of sight?
    • East
  • In which altitude the bolide disappeared from your sight?
    • About 1/3 from the horizon towards the zenith
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