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A fireball at night, brigter than the venus - 17.1.2016 at 19.11 Vaasa Observation number 47660

Visibility III / V

Timo Alanko, Vaasan Andromeda

I was still trying to photograph a very dim Catalina in 23 degree frost. I stood in 20 min batches shadowing the camera from the street lights and looking east. Slightly south of Procyon came a very fast little fireball at a steep angle. The duration of the visible flight was less than a second. So nothing shocking, but even some variation in the frost during the hype :) An hour in the frost after standing up, the result was not much other than a cold. The pictures of Catalina were pretty bland. :(



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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?
    • Less than a second
  • How the flight of the fireball ended?
    • The fireball disappeared suddenly
  • In which direction the fireball disappeared out of sight?
    • East
  • In which altitude the bolide disappeared from your sight?
    • Low near the horizon
  • Brightness of the fireball
    • A fireball at night, brigter than the Venus
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