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Graham
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Meteor/Fireball

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Saw what I thought was a bright meteor or possibly fireball through high cloud this evening from my location, 53.44.18N 1.39.12W, at around 19:18 (mobile phone NTP time). It appeared at my ESE at about 30 degrees above the horizon traveling vertically down but only lasted a couple of seconds. I could see it through thin cloud so I'm guessing it must have been pretty bright.

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It's good when you see these, isn't it. I've seen the odd one travelling downwards and have wondered quite where it has landed.....if it has landed!
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Nigel,

The way to find out where a Meteor might have landed is to install a sky camera and join one of the networks that monitor Meteors. The combination of the data from your camera with others enables a prediction to be made of where any debris falls though the vast majority burn up in the atmosphere.

However as Monica Grady reminded us at the SPA convention two large meteorites landed in 1969. The largest the Allende meteorite weighed over 2 tonnes or should I be posting in post brexit Tons ?

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Hello John, it could be difficult to find fragments around here I live, at the edge of the dense Galloway Forest. Even the open areas are well grown at ground level! I'd have to hope for one of the mountain tops or heathland or the coastal stretch.

Interesting, I see the Allende meteor actually exploded in the atmosphere: https://recondito.org/2018/03/10/the-allende-meteorite/

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Hello Nigel,

One interesting point that Monica made was that one of the reasons that a lot of samples were recovered and investigated was that there were a lot of planetary geologists with a receiving laboratory not that far away in Texas waiting for the Lunar Rock samples. They just drove down to Mexico (no wall then !) and collected the samples and took them back to the Lunar Receiving Lab and started work. The videos of the SPA convention are not on the site yet but you might find Monica's talk about 1969 interesting when it materialises.

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Thanks, John, I'll bookmark that one in my mind. Sorry about the late reply; I've just come back from a trip away!
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Re: Meteor/Fireball

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Most likely the fireball seen was this one:

https://fireballs.imo.net/members/imo_v ... /2019/1242

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Thanks Tracie, great to know I wasn't the only one to see it! Those other observations seem to match mine.

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