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A fireball at night, as bright as a full moon - 23.1.2016 at 20.15 Ikaalinen, Sisättö Observation number 48391

Visibility V / V

Heidi Rikala, Ursa (Helsinki)

After 20:00 I went to study the Cloudy situation, the Moon was already visible through the cloud. Then, quite surprisingly, it flashed brightly, in the same way that the flash fires. I was between the buildings and the area and the snow lit up for a moment. I didn’t hear any voices, not the kind that could be associated with the event. I looked around, wondering what a flash it might be. My direction of travel was west. I didn't see the actual fireball, so I can't say the direction of its course.

A little later, I looked on the phone that the Sky Watch had received a particularly large number of sightings in a short time. The time of the fireball observations is matched by this own strange bright flash.

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  • Accuracy of the given observation time?
    • 15 min difference possible
  • How long time did you see the fireball fly in the sky?
    • Not known
  • How the flight of the fireball ended?
    • I did not see the end of the fireball
  • Brightness of the fireball
    • A fireball at night, as bright as a full moon
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