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Fireball Sightings 2002

By Alastair McBeath

Contents

Introduction

Fireball reports, especially those made from the British Isles and nearby areas, are always welcomed by the SPA Meteor Section. See the Making and Reporting Fireball Observations page on this website for details of what to record on seeing a fireball, where and how to report your data.

Below is a list of some of the fireballs reported to the Section from 2002. It mainly consists of those events seen away from the major meteor shower maxima (when fireballs are more common), unless the objects were not part of the meteor shower in question, or were particularly impressive. A "*" in the 'Magnitude and Notes' column indicates further details are given in the second table.

Table of all Fireball Reports

 

Date Time (UT) Magnitude and Notes Observed from
02/01/15-16 17:11 +/- 1m Bright; 2 reports Hants & Oxon
02/01/17-18 19:15 -10/-15?; slow; fragmented* Netherlands; several reports
02/02/3-4 ~06:49 Bright Near Edinburgh
02/02/4-5 ~06:50 Very bright; 3 reports Borders, Teesside & N Yorks
02/02/8-9 ~01:29 -8/-10?; fragmented; 3 reports Midlands & S Yorks
02/03/7-8 ~22:37 Brilliant; seen from indoors Middlesex
02/03/9-10 22:58 -4/-5 Derbyshire
02/03/13-14 19:54 +/- 2m -5/-6; 4 reports Cheshire, N Yorks, Northumberland
02/04/6-7 20:20:18 -18; imaged; many reports* Germany, Czech Republic, Austria
02/04/6-7 00:28 -8/12; 10 UK reports* UK, Netherlands, Belgium
02/04/6-7 03:56 Very bright; 3 reports* N England & SW Scotland
02/04/7-8 02:55 Very bright Fife
02/04/10-11 19:30 Very bright; over North Sea Denmark
02/04/21-22 ~19:50 -7?; 2 reports Dorset & Devon
02/05/1-2 ~20:35 -4/-6?; very long sky-track Wiltshire
02/06/21-22 ~22:00 Very bright Worcestershire
02/06/22-23 ~21:30 -4/-5; in twilight; 4 reports Oxon, Bucks & W Midlands
02/07/9-10 ~20:50 Bright; in strong twilight Sussex
02/07/28-29 22:58 -4 or so Leicester
02/08/4-5 23:01 Very bright; persistent train Kent
02/08/12-13 22:01 Bright; PER; 9 reports* SE England
02/08/20-21 ~22:10 -8; green; 2 reports* Shropshire & N Ireland
02/09/7-8 20:25 Very bright; green; 2 reports Essex & Isle of Wight
02/09/8-9 21:14 Bright Dumfries
02/09/13-14 20:43 -3/-5; yellow-blue Cardiff
02/10/4-5 ~19:00 Bright Worcestershire
02/10/5-6 ~01:10 Very bright Northumberland
02/10/5-6 04:53 +/- 1m -12/-15; 16 reports* England & Belgium
02/11/1-2 01:04 -7? E Midlands
02/11/6-7 18:10 Bright; possible Taurid Northumberland
02/11/6-7 06:25 Very bright Cheshire
02/12/4-5 19:17 +/- 2m -5/-8; green; 6 reports* S England
02/12/17-18 16:51 +/- 1m -4/-8; green; 8 reports* England S of Lancs
02/12/17-18 20:42 Bright* NW England
02/12/17-18 ~00:30 Brilliant; seen from indoors* S Wales
02/12/18-19 06:29 +/- 1m -5/-10; slow; 11 reports* S England & S Wales
02/12/24-25 ? Brilliant; media reports only Aberdeenshire

Detailed Reports

 

Date Time (UT) Notes Details
02/01/17-18 19:15 -10/-15?; slow; fragmented*; Netherlands; several reports The brilliant January 17-18 fireball was reported from several places on the near-Continent as well as the Netherlands, and it seems to have passed over the Holland-Germany border area. Poor skies reduced the utility and quantity of the sightings, and none were reported from the UK, though people in SE England especially, had they had clearer skies, might have spotted it low in the sky.
02/04/6-7 20:20:18 -18; imaged; many reports*; Germany, Czech Republic, Austria A Special Report is available elsewhere on this site for the three fireballs seen on April 6-7.
02/04/6-7 00:28 -8/12; 10 UK reports*; UK, Netherlands, Belgium
02/04/6-7 03:56 Very bright; 3 reports*; N England & SW Scotland
02/08/12-13 22:01 Bright; PER; 9 reports*; SE England Although the Perseid fireball on August 12-13 was not unusual near the shower's maximum, the number of sightings of it was. Unfortunately, few of the lucky observers were able to provide accurate details on its sky-position, and no further details on it could be established.
02/08/20-21 ~22:10 -8; green; 2 reports*; Shropshire & N Ireland The August 20-21 fireball may have passed high above the Irish Sea or the extreme east of Ireland. More sightings were made from Ireland, as collected by the Irish Astronomical Association.
02/10/5-6 04:53 +/- 1m -12/-15; 16 reports*; England & Belgium A Special Report is available elsewhere on this site for the ~04:53 UT fireball on October 5-6, which flew over part of the Franco-Belgian border. It was thought initially to have been an unidentified man-made re-entry event, but it later transpired it had been an extremely slow-moving natural fireball.
02/12/4-5 19:17 +/- 2m -5/-8; green; 6 reports*; S England The relative cluster of fireballs on December 17-18 and 18-19 was unusual, though the objects seemed not to have had a single source. What details could be established for the three multiply-observed fireballs from December 4-5, 17-18 and 18-19 are available in a Special Report elsewhere on this site.
02/12/17-18 16:51 +/- 1m -4/-8; green; 8 reports*; England S of Lancs
02/12/17-18 ~00:30 Brilliant; seen from indoors*; S Wales
02/12/18-19 06:29 +/- 1m -5/-10; slow; 11 reports*; S England & S Wales

Prepared by Alastair McBeath, SPA Meteor Section Director.

Added by:  Robin Scagell