[meteorite-list] Large UK fireball!

From: Matson, Robert D. <ROBERT.D.MATSON_at_meteoritecentral.com>
Date: Fri, 21 Sep 2012 16:54:26 -0700
Message-ID: <7C640E28081AEE4B952F008D1E913F17061AD630_at_0461-its-exmb04.us.saic.com>

Hi Martin,

Given the east-to-west direction, space junk is extremely unlikely.
(Very few manmade objects in such retrograde orbits.)

Unfortunately, from your description it sounds like it most likely
ended up going over Southport into the Irish Sea southeast of the
Isle of Man. Your location is less than 60 km from the coast.


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Sent: Friday, September 21, 2012 4:44 PM
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Subject: [meteorite-list] Large UK fireball!

Hi all,

I have just been exceedingly fortunate to view a large fragmenting
fireball over the UK. Absolutely amazing sight! Looked so similar to
Peekskill with lots of fragmentation. Am unfortunately at work all night
so unable to further research it but already there are numerous reports
and sightings. A video of the event has been found here:


Might be space junk? The fireball had a definite greenish tinge at the

Going east to west. from the A627 in Chadderton, Oldham, Lancashire.
Startpoint 25 degrees altitude, 90 degrees azimuth. Endpoint 20 degrees
altitude, 290 degrees azimuth. visible for 40 seconds at 22:55hrs
21/9/12. Went from green to orange to yellow with lots of fragmentation.
Am still gobsmacked that i saw it!!!! Hopefully it will have dropped
some meteorites and hopefully not into the sea!

Anyway back to work now :-(


Martin Goff
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Received on Fri 21 Sep 2012 07:54:26 PM PDT

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