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Mars Crossing Fireball...

17 years 8 months ago #316 by Seanie_Morris
Mars Crossing Fireball... was created by Seanie_Morris
Hi People, hope you are all having a good Bank Holiday.
Did anyone spot a FANTASTIC fireball at 03:04 GMT this morning?

Details:
I was driving home from 'work', was a mile outside Kinnegad going to
Clonard on the N4, when looking right at Mars, a fireball of
brilliant white and orange tore through the atmosphere, in a 4:30
(o'clock) kind of direction, directly South-west of Mars, making it
look like Mars was the radiant! It left a smokey ion trail for about
3-4 seconds. I estimate it left the trail about 35-45 degrees long,
and about 4 Mars' wide. It was very fast, didn't break up, and was
bright enough that I swore it left a shadow on the ground, as I was
in a pitch black place driving on my own. I don't think I could gauge
a proper magnitude of the fireball at its brightest point, but the
first thing that came into my head when I saw it was a bright
firework seen from across a field. So I guess perhaps Magnitude -11??
I saw 2 meteors after that at about Mag +2 when I pulled over. And
also 4 Perseids inside 2 minutes observing.

My first fireball, and it happened exactly as I looked right at it...
amazing!

Seanie.

Midlands Astronomy Club.
Radio Presenter (Midlands 103), Space Enthusiast, Astronomy Outreach Co-ordinator.
Former IFAS Chairperson and Secretary.

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17 years 8 months ago #326 by Keith g
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Damn!, might have just missed it!!, i was out on Sunday night, and packed up just before 3!, i saw lots of meteors trails, all fast, heading southwest, brightest at about mag - 4, but you probably got the best one....
Keith:))

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17 years 8 months ago #352 by Seanie_Morris
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I think it was just the luck of the draw Keith! I was driving home looking forward to my bed, NOT seeing a bollide!!! No matter how long you stay up looking for these, you never see one... always the way isn't it?!?!

Midlands Astronomy Club.
Radio Presenter (Midlands 103), Space Enthusiast, Astronomy Outreach Co-ordinator.
Former IFAS Chairperson and Secretary.

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17 years 8 months ago #353 by Keith g
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Sure is, i've never seen one that bright...

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