This evening at approx 17:35 GMT I witnessed a very bright bolide meteor. Attached is an artists impression of the event which only lasted around five seconds.
Can you forward this email to experts in the field as I would love to hear from anyone who may have witnessed or, better still, photographed the event from a different viewpoint.
Is it possible to calculate the size of the body, its speed and altitude. I filed a report on the International Meteor Organization (IMO) website.
The report does not do the event justice so I thought I’d use my memory and impression of the event to create the image. In reality the meteor started as a fast moving but relatively sedate (for a meteor) light that I at first thought must be a fast moving or low jet aircraft. At this point there was a faint greyish trail.
As the meteor entered Ursa Major the brightness become spectacular and was by far the brightest object in the sky, the body appeared to greatly increase in speed, probably due to perspective, leaving a bright yellow trail behind the brilliant white object.
On leaving Ursa Major the meteor body began to slow noticeably (again perhaps because of perspective), and the trail became more pronounced orange in colour.
As the bolide entered the Constellation of Bootes it began to break apart, first into about seven very bright objects then progressively smaller pieces which appeared to vaporize as typical meteors do, except they left a deep red trail.
The trail colour indicated on the image is not entirely accurate as the whole trail seemed to fade through yellow, orange and then red, across the sky a few seconds after the bolide.
I’ve seen many meteors before but only once, when I was a small child of six years old, did I witness a similar event. That time I was following what I thought was a satellite, looking out of the window of my parents holiday caravan (trailer) as it was moving at a constant speed, obviously spinning due to it’s repeated brightening and fading. That time, the body seemed suddenly to accelerate across the sky, becoming a brilliant object and leaving a spectacular wispy filament like orange trail like fire, that persisted for what seemed an eternity, though in reality was probably about 10 seconds. My whoop of joy woke my sleeping parents and began my lifelong love of the night sky.
Tonight I got my wish that I would one day see another display. For a brief moment in time, I was that boy of six again.
The “very bright” meteor lit up the skies from Somerset to Aberdeen, leaving the astronomy world abuzz.
MPBetty wrote:Hope this will be helpfull
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