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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 
description.

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.

Thanks,

Terry

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