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Brilliant Utah fireball!!!

Started by lintonius, 10/02/2014 07:09PM
Posted 10/02/2014 07:09PM Opening Post
Greetings all,
I was treated to my best fireball ever last night, by a wide margin! I had woke up at 4:00 and was lying there about to fall back asleep, when my wife Karen started shouting to look. When I opened my eyes, the entire sky out our large, N/NE-facing windows was dazzling white! A moment later, a large, white, slow-moving fireball came into view at the top of our view. I estimated it to be at least half the diameter of the moon and it had a long trail behind it, which Karen says had a green tint. Then it morphed into an orange fireball, with undulating flames trailing out perhaps 3 degrees behind it! shocked A few small chunks fell from it, but for the most part, it remained intact until it cooled into dark flight. The whole show lasted about 5 or 6 seconds, which will remain burned into my memory forever. smile
I usually compare bright meteors to Venus, but this one was more like the sun! It was traveling from N/NW to E/SE and descending at about a 5 to 10 degree angle. It appeared to be right over
Capitol Reef N.P., but was probably much further away... possibly over toward Moab or even western Colorado.
I'll be filing an AMS report on it and I'm hoping a lot of other people saw it.
Posted 10/03/2014 07:14AM #1
Thanks for the report. The only one I saw like that was in the mid 60s, it impacted in Canada. It's something you never forget.