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From: TerryMosel@aol.com
Date: Sat, 8 Dec 2001 19:35:46 EST
Subject: Brilliant Fireball

Hi all,

Did anyone else see a brilliant fireball at about 20h 14m 30s (+/- 20 secs) 
tonight (Sat night)?

While out at our observing night at Cultra, Co Down, we were treated to a 
superb fireball which lit up the ground and cast shadows!

I didn't see the whole of the track, but from what I saw it was about 
magnitude -8, although some others thought it even brighter.

It travelled roughly from East to West-South-West, and could possibly have 
been an early Geminid - I didn't get the track accurately enough to be sure. 
Speed was moderate - in fact slightly fast to be a Geminid?

To me there was a definite green in the colour, though others saw yellow. It 
was one of the brightest, if not the brightest, I have seen in my life!

At least one observer saw fragmentation, but as I didn't have my glasses on 
at the time I would not have been able to see that.

I don't want to prejudice other reports, so any of you reading this who were 
there please give your own account exactly as you saw it, and ignore my 

It was certainly a real reward for all who turned up for the event, which had 
99% clear sky, and a quick view of the ISS for early attendees!

All reports asap, please.



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