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Fireball over Germany

Bad AstronomyBy Phil PlaitDec 24, 2011 4:38 PM

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[UPDATE: Turns out the fireball described below was the re-entry of the Soyuz booster that brought Expedition 30 up to the International Space Station a few days ago. Thanks to Marco Langbroek for alerting me to this!] [Update 2 (19:08 GMT): More footage, and a picture in a Dutch paper. Tip o' the Whipple Shield to VirtualAstro and JHG Hendriks.]

Reports are coming in of a very bright fireball over Germany, Belgium, and the Netherlands. It happened around 16:30 GMT (17:30 local time in that part of Europe) on December 24 (just a couple of hours ago as I write this). I heard of it when BA Bloggee Dave Grant sent me a note from Dusseldorf; he got video of it!

[embed width="610"]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qv5DxppPQuw[/embed]

If you are in that area and saw it, you can report it to the International Meteor Organization

or to The Latest Worldwide Meteor / Fireball Reports

(note: I found that last site doing a bit of searching and I'm not familiar with it, so I don't know how official it may or may not be. There are links in the sidebar there to other organizations). make sure you list your position as best you can, and what direction you were looking. If you did see it, and have pictures or video, please leave a comment below with a link! It's a holiday, but I can try to post some of the better shots/footage. The more actual footage there is, the better astronomers can trace both the direction from which it came, and the location of any possible meteorites.

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