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A Giant Bolide Exploded Over My Head

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#1 aneeg

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Posted 24 July 2021 - 06:21 PM

A few minutes ago while sitting on my porch my garden was suddenly flushed in very bright light, just like it was flooded by searchlight from a chopper. I looked up and saw two very bright light moving quite fast for a few seconds and were gone. But they left two very distinctive traces of white clouds behind that were visible for several minutes. And then I heard something resembling thunder.

Strange.

 

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#2 aneeg

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Posted 24 July 2021 - 06:27 PM

This was visible from a large part of Southern Norway.

 

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Posted 24 July 2021 - 06:28 PM

A few minutes ago while sitting on my porch my garden was suddenly flushed in very bright light, just like it was flooded by searchlight from a chopper. I looked up and saw two very bright light moving quite fast for a few seconds and were gone. But they left two very distinctive traces of white clouds behind that were visible for several minutes. And then I heard something resembling thunder.

Strange.

 

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You should report your observation to:

 

https://fireball.imo...w/browse_events


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Posted 24 July 2021 - 06:35 PM

Very cool.  Glad you are still with us to report it.


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Posted 25 July 2021 - 04:55 AM

You have been very lucky, I have seen a number of bolides in my lifetime but only two (a few minutes apart) were the gigantic scary type with an obvious trail after the burn.


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Posted 25 July 2021 - 07:18 AM

Very impressive. Do you think the bolide was brighter than a full moon, given your comparison to a searchlight?


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Posted 25 July 2021 - 09:31 AM

Very impressive. Do you think the bolide was brighter than a full moon, given your comparison to a searchlight?


I dropped in to share a similar experience. I thought a car was pulling up to the house with bright headlights. I remember averting my (dark adapted) vision away and seeing color in the grass. Until I heard my observing buddy nearly fall off his squeaky observing stool. Then I looked up just in time to catch it breaking up. Yea, I think that one was brighter than the moon. Like a search light. Very memorable event. I don't recall any sound, and no sonic boom.

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Posted 25 July 2021 - 09:36 AM

I captured a bolide on film many years ago, when doing northern polar star trails. Several days later, I heard of an actual fall about 250 miles north of me.  To show up as bright as it did on that old black and white film, and f/8 camera, it must have been as bright as the full moon, at least nearer the fall area.


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Posted 25 July 2021 - 10:07 AM

Like 10 full moons!
 

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Very impressive. Do you think the bolide was brighter than a full moon, given your comparison to a searchlight?


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Posted 25 July 2021 - 10:54 AM

Just watched some videos on this earlier today.  Very cool!


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Posted 25 July 2021 - 11:17 AM

Some videos:

 

https://www.youtube....h?v=WjhoSnIjMFc

 

https://youtu.be/RlZ8RxUdXvg

 

https://youtu.be/hypYCPeIwEk


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Posted 25 July 2021 - 01:45 PM

About 10 years ago, a small one flew directly overhead. At first I thought it was Venus but it kept getting brighter and then it went right over my head leaving a smoky trail behind it. No noise or boom. I contacted Meteorite Men but they didn't seem too interested. Lots of fun to watch though. faint.gif  Your experience must have been very exciting. Maybe too exciting drool5.gif


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Posted 25 July 2021 - 10:54 PM

It made the news in Australia! 


https://www.9news.co...d4-41803df17eb7


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Posted 26 July 2021 - 06:41 AM

Like 10 full moons!
 

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That must have felt surreal. I've never been under a moving searchlight, so I can only imagine what it felt like to see it moving.


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Posted 26 July 2021 - 07:28 AM

I saw one a couple of years ago.  I just happened to be outside the observatory, taking a break when I saw a bright light down in the trees.  It wasn't until I saw the shadows moving that I realized what it was.  Later, triangulating with other observers, we figured that it was more than 100 km away, and any meteorites would have ended up in the ocean.


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Posted 26 July 2021 - 07:47 AM

This was one of the brightest I’ve seen, it was late 90s and was exposing mars, I think it was with one of the first digital cameras ever made lol… anyway it was bright enough to cast a shadow but did not explode

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Posted 28 July 2021 - 12:39 PM

Like 10 full moons!
 

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WOW, 10 moons!!



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Posted 28 July 2021 - 05:31 PM

I saw one explode into two distinct fragments then burn up just before sunset when I was leaving the church parking lot in New Rochelle NY about ten years ago. there was no sound but the flash was incredible!

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Posted 29 July 2021 - 04:32 AM

THIS happened 2 blocks from my old house.........I was asleep. :O  https://en.wikipedia...est_(meteorite)


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Posted 29 July 2021 - 04:35 AM

Oh, And Steve Simon was an old buddy before we both moved.



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Posted 29 July 2021 - 08:40 AM

I've only seen one and there was no sound, but I did see it break-up.



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Posted 29 July 2021 - 02:14 PM

I just saw one last night.  I'd been out for awhile and was finishing up with a little binocular sweeping through the Milky Way. There had been an unusual number of meteors the whole time I was out, streaking in all different directions all over the sky and then suddenly right over my head I saw one light up, turn greenish blue, and then explode, leaving a long, thick smoke trail behind that was still there ten minutes later when I finally went inside.  Freaked me out at first, but now I'm really glad I stayed outside a little longer.


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