Daylight fireball !

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Daylight fireball !

Post by DOM » Fri Feb 04, 2005 7:59 pm


Is it a real one or something else ? It have been took in France and we have made serch and it was not a iridium.

here's the picture

here's the exif :

Make Canon
Model Canon PowerShot S50
Orientation upper left
X resolution 180
Y resolution 180
Resolution unit inch
Date/time 04-08-08 07:03:02
YCbCr positioning centered
Image description
Exposure time 1/50 s
F-number f/2.8
Date/time original 04-08-08 07:03:02
Date/time digitized 04-08-08 07:03:02
Component config Y
Compressed BPP 5
Shutter speed value 1/50 s
Aperture value 2.968750
Exposure bias value 0.000000
Max. aperture value 2.968750
Metering mode Pattern
Flash Flash did not fire [auto]
Focal length 7.09375 mm
User comment
Colorspace sRGB
Pixel X dimension 1600
Pixel Y dimension 1200
Focal plane X res. 5653.710247
Focal plane Y res. 5660.377358
Focal plane res. unit inch
Sensing method One-chip color area sensor
Custom Rendered Normal process
Exposure mode Auto exposure
White balance Auto white balance
Digital zoom ratio 1
Scene capture type Standard
Exif version 2.2

FlashPix version (30,31,30,30)
File source DSC
Canon Maker Notes
Macro mode Normal
Flash mode Auto
Continuous drive mode Single
Focus mode Single
Image size Unknown
Easy shooting mode Full auto
Contrast Normal
Saturation Normal
Sharpness Normal
ISO Auto
Metering mode Evaluative
AF point selected Unknown
Exposure mode Easy shooting
White balance Auto
Flash Bias 0 EV
Image type IMG:PowerShot S50 JPEG
Firmware version Firmware Version 1.00
Image number 1434-0363

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Post by crosscountry » Sat Feb 05, 2005 10:04 am

that could likely be a meteor with the picture taken near the very beginning of the streak.

But I suggest it may be a plane at the perfect angle to reflect that much light.

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Post by juanroberts » Wed Aug 23, 2006 5:49 pm

I have seen green fireballs 3 times. Once during a meteor shower, once during New Years (this was followed by internet chat about a UFO, believe it or not), and the last time was in the daytime. From my experience, this is a meteor. The green color alone verifies it, and a plane would not reflect a green color and leave a white trail that gets smaller, instead of larger. The fireball trails tend to be a red glow, consistent with the picture. That said, I think the picture was taken in twilight, and not at night.

This confirms the geometry of the light:

This one, the green color:

Some go from green to red:

But your picture resembles what I have seen the best. The ones I have seen were over in 1/3 of a second. How did you get the picture, was it very slow-moving?