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What the Blazes was that? was created by Elvin

Seen something tonight that I just have to tell someone about. I was out in the garden at around 8pm on 20-Feb-06. Beautiful clear night. I spotted something heading towards the earth that really caught my eye. It was a glowing ball with a tail of light following behind it. Initially I thought it looked like a large fireworks rocket. I lost sight of it as some trees blocked my view. A couple of seconds later I heard some loud bangs as I assume it hit the ground. I would say that it probably hit the ground no more than 1km from my house. This happened 2kms from Ballinagh,Co.Cavan. I'm very excited to have witnessed this. Is this an unusual occurance in Ireland? Does anyone ever report damage to land or property because of such a occurance? Any replies to this message will be much appreciated.

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Replied by Keith g on topic Re:

Wow Elvin!! Looks like you witnessed a rare event, are you sure those were loud bangs coming from the area it 'hit' the ground? :shock:

How bright was it? Easily with the naked eye? I was out in my backgarden tonight looking around, I'm in Kingscourt, Co.Cavan, but I saw nothing, so it must have been close to you!!

What direction did it come from?

Definitely report here:
www.astronomy.ie/fireball.html

You know, If you have tomorrow off, have a look around yourself for very 'burned' looking black rocks - these would be very VERY valuable!! :D

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Replied by voyager on topic Re: What the Blazes was that?

Well, it sounds like you witnessed one hell of a fireball! These are certainly rare, you should count yourself very lucky!

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Replied by martinastro on topic Re: What the Blazes was that?

WOW...must have been a beauty of a fireball :D
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Replied by 11" Astrophotograph on topic Meteor

Elvin, go searching as soon as possible for that Meteor...before anyone else finds the impact site....I think bits of a Meteor can be worth millions :!: :!: :D
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Replied by Conor on topic Re: What the Blazes was that?

Wow sounds like a big fireball with a major sonic boom which was the sound as the object was ripping through the atmosphere. It could have hit down
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Replied by JohnONeill on topic Light in Sky

While walking to the IAS meeting yesterday evening (20th Feb. 2006) along the north side of St Stephens Green, Dublin noticed a falling light towards the south east. Appears bright (larger and brighter than Venus), white but low down and going into the trees.

At the time (19.38UT) I did not think much of it, considering the strange objects Dubliners can put in the sky!
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Replied by mjs on topic Re: What the Blazes was that?

We in Kerry Astronomy Club had a great public observing session in south-west Kerry last night and witnessed a fireball at about 19:40.
It was slower than the usual meteor and about magnitude -6? about three times as bright as venus at its best. It began about the region of Gemini and travelled down to the East behind some cloud. It lit up the cloud for about half a second. No sound was heard.. Yellow to orange in colour..

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Replied by Matthew C on topic Re: What the Blazes was that?

Oh my god! I saw that too! on the way home from basketball at about 7:50! Huge! it was like it was on fire! Where abouts did you see it? like which county?
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Replied by bertthebudgie on topic Re: What the Blazes was that?

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Replied by dave_lillis on topic Re: What the Blazes was that?

So, people from Cavan, Dublin and Kerry saw this, it must have been one hell of a fireball!! :shock:
How high would something have to be for of those sites to see it.
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Replied by Matthew C on topic Re: What the Blazes was that?

And from GALWAY!
We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time. . . .
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