RE: Superbird A obs and fireball?

R_John@Rmatsc.Riem.Com
Mon, 20 Apr 1998 10:19:34 -0700

This sounds like a Lyrid to me.  A friend of mine saw a similar event
just the other day.
		Randy

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> Subject:	Superbird A obs and fireball?
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> I went out to see Superbird A this evening 4/18 (which I watched in 11x80 
> binoculars for 3 minutes starting at +1 Dec. 7hrs 42min RA).  Just as I 
> starting to look for it (at 20:47 PDT) I became aware of a bright glow to 
> my left; as I turned I saw a very bright blue-green (more than -10 mag., 
> easily cast shadows) fast-moving object about 40 degrees altitude passing 
> north to south through Virgo and ending around Delta Corvii in a small 
> burst of orange sparks. No persistent trail was visible through by 
> binoculars (in fairly hazy light-polluted skies) What might that have been? 
> It was too slow and colorful to be a normal meteor, and too steady a path 
> to be a flare gun, but I might have been deceived by something like that...
> 
> Bradley P. Allen N 33.881  W 118.387 +42 meters