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Possible Fireball over Essex, Sat 17th September

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Possible Fireball over Essex, Sat 17th September

Posted by Peter Meadows at 17:54 on 2011 Sep 18

Last night I set up an automatic camera with wide angle lens to image part of the sky from just part 21 UT until an hour before dawn. Images are taken every 10 seconds. At 21:32 UT the image shown here was taken unfortunately I was inside at the time so missing seeing this object visually. It was moving quickly from south to north (the missing northern part of the track is on the next frame) and much faster than a satellite or aircraft (no one in the house heard a low flying aircraft). It could not be a Chinese lantern as the wind direction was from the south-west and not the south. Did anyone else see this possible fireball?

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Re: Possible Fireball over Essex, Sat 17th September

Posted by Paul A Brierley at 20:16 on 2011 Sep 18

What a shame you didn't record this object visually.Looking back at its track. It must have appeared close to Sadalsuud (B Aqr) finally fading near Mirach (B And)I've estimated the magnitude, M-5?Had I not been clouded out. I might have seen it, as I had planned to go out observing.Such is life...