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Saturday, 31 December 2011

Fireball sighting, December 21-22-Reply

Dear Colin,
Thanks very much for your detailed fireball report from December 21-22.
As with your August sighting, regrettably I've not had any other fireball observations from around 06:28 GMT that morning so far. As usual though, your observation will remain to-hand in the hopes more may arrive. I added the event to the December fireballs topic on the SPA's Observing Forum earlier today, at:
If you've learnt of anyone else who saw this event (or indeed, any other fireballs), please encourage them to send me full details. The separate topic on the Observing Forum still has advice about making and reporting fireballs that you can direct any additional witnesses to, at:
It's very unlikely your latest fireball was a Geminid, partly as the path you described would struggle to pass through the shower's radiant, but primarily because the Earth moves very quickly out of that meteoroid stream once the maximum is past. Video observations have confirmed no discernible Geminid activity beyond December 17 in the past decade, for example. In general other than very near the maxima of one of the major showers, most such casually-seen fireballs throughout the year tend to be sporadics.
Best wishes for New Year, Alastair.
Alastair McBeath,
Meteor Director, Society for Popular Astronomy.
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Colin James Watling
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