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Anyone see a fireball just below Orion about 21:59? I 'heard' it fizz! View was from Celbridge, Kildare. Will post more later. Off out imaging saturn again...

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Replied by James Butler on topic Re: Fireball

Just back inside after experimenting with autoguiding whilst photographing Orion. Didn't see any fireballs. Maybe below Orion for you is above Orion for me down here.
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Replied by mjs on topic Re: Fireball

Dave,

Observing from Killearny, we saw a bright meteor low in the East, just over the back of Leo, heading th the east, at about that time. It left a trail for a second or two and sparkled like a firework.

Now, if it was the same one, you should be able to work out its position and altitude. Where did I leave that slide rule :?:

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Replied by briano on topic Re: Fireball

Ya I saw it in the east/north east at about 10 pm.I was looking at saturn and I saw something out of the corner of my eye and I looked around and there was a bright fireball :shock:

Anybody get a picture of it :?:
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Replied by Seanie_Morris on topic Re: Fireball

Briano and Michael,
try geting a star chart of that area of sky and plotting it on the chart while its fresh in your minds. In a way, that could help determine if it was he same fireball, and help work out a general trajectory relative to each of your co-ordinates on Earth.

Fun experiment?

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Replied by briano on topic Re: Fireball

At that time of night orion was south/south west.

The meteorite was west/north west heading northwards and was low in the sky.
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Replied by dmcdona on topic Re: Fireball

Folks - here is a SNP screenshot with the fireball trajectory plotted.

I was imaging saturn at the time and was adjusting focus. I'd stepped away from the 'scope for a minute and was looking south when I saw a fireball. Inititally, there was a bright white streak which just kept getting bigger and brighter. It turned green and I heard the sound of 'fizzing'. It was way brighter than even a full moon and the ISS. I couldn't put a mag limit on it. I thought for a second that it might be an aeroplane coming down.

The event lasted about 4 to 5 seconds. I've never seen anything like it before.

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Replied by dmcdona on topic Re: Fireball

Folks - here is more information:

Viewing location:
Celbridge, Kildare (53.333, -6.55, elev 55m)

Time:
Between 21:59:20 and 21:59:50 (PC clock time-server synchronised, so PC time is accurate to less than a second)

Michael - how does one triangulate?

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Replied by mjs on topic Re: Fireball

Dave,

It would be difficult to do any accurate calculations as in the part of the sky that we saw the fireball, there were very few stars visible to use to get an accurate position, (over a floodlit Hotel). Other club members that were observing from the north of Kerry also saw it and may have more accurate positioning details.
However given that you saw it traveling east to west and we saw it going west to east it must have had a fairly verticle entry to the athmosphere.

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