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Tuesday, 12 July 2011

The Fireball Over Kessingland I See Last Night...

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Name: Colin James Watling

Site Location:
Town: Kessingland Village Lowestoft
County: Suffolk
Country: U.K
Latitude: 52 ° 25 ' 05 " N
Longitude: 1 ° 43 ' 58 " E

Date / Time:
Date (Year - Month - Date): 2011 - 7 - 11
Time: 22 h 22 m 00 s
TimeZone BST

Start of fireball's track:
90 ° altitude, 280 ° azimuth
h m s RA ° Dec

End of fireball's track:
10 ° altitude, 280 ° azimuth
h m s RA ° Dec

Apparent speed: 4

Visible duration (in seconds): 3
If the object was visible for more than 10 seconds it may not have been a fireball.

Train Details: Slight pointed tail with no diffuse

Sounds: Rumble like thunder overhead

Fragmentation: No Fragmentation

Colours: White to blueish in colour but mainly white

Magnitude Estimate: >5

Additional comments: Haze over the sky and a Gibbous Moon in the South with Light interference and cloud blocking out part of it-see it from my open bedroom window-I heard the dull Rumble sound overhead and see the bright fireball with sharp pointed tail appear through the clouds at about 45 degrees and disappear in the East about 10 Degrees over the North Sea within a few seconds. I can only guess because of its trajectory and it came from the Azimuth that this was a Northern Summer Cygnid Fireball.
Good Clear Skies
Colin James Watling
Various Voluntary work-Litter Picking for Parish Council (Daytime) and also a friend of Kessingland Beach (Watchman)
Real Astronomer and head of the Comet section for LYRA (Lowestoft and Great Yarmouth Regional Astronomers) also head of K.A.G (Kessingland Astronomy Group) and Navigator (Astrogator) of the Stars (Fieldwork)
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