Carolyn reports a fireball in the Bega area:
Aug 5th, 2006 at 9:00 pm
Hi we have just witnessed what looked like a huge fireball coming across the sky we live in the Bega Area the time is now 8.55pm we took video of the fireball. Has anyone else witnessed this also. We have witnessed the same object on another occassion at 4.00am last saturday. Thanks
Carolyn – can you please supply more details, such as how long did you see it for, was the sky clear, did you see other objects in the sky such as the moon and Jupiter, which direction were you looking, what direction was it moving, how far in degrees was it above the horizon, etc. As a guide a hand with spread fingers at arm’s length subtends an angle of 22°. Also note that if you were seeing a fireball and not a plane, the moon or a prank balloon then it could NOT have been the same object last Saturday in the early morning.
If you send a still from your video I can put up the picture with this post.
Did anyone else see it?
Further comments 8 August 2006:
Carolyn thanks for the further information and the video. As you and Daryl saw the object for many minutes it was not an astronomical object – a fireball is a small piece of rock hitting the Earth’s atmosphere at high speed and we see it for a few seconds as it burns up. From the video this seems to have been something burning hanging from a lit balloon drifting in the atmosphere. There could be other explanations, but my guess is that it was a childish prank.