OT - Spanish fireball video!

From: Marco Langbroek (marco.langbroek@wanadoo.nl)
Date: Mon Jan 05 2004 - 10:38:09 EST

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    OT but check this out! On the Dutch TV journal website is a very fine
    amateur video of the Spanish daylight fireball of January 4th. Go to:
    ....and scroll down untill you get at "Spanjaarden schrikken van
    vuurballen". There you can get a streaming RealPlayer video.
    The video rules out both satellite debris and the Quadrantid stream. The
    first because the fireball is simply too fast and short in duration. The
    second because it can be seen to be high in the sky coming in under a steep
    angle, towards the setting sun (see shadow on building in the video). This
    rules out a Quadrantid, as the angle is too steep and the direction of
    movement the wrong way (the Quadrantid radiant was at a mere 12 degrees -not
    7 as I wrote earlier, Spain is on CET not GMT- above the northwest horizon
    at that time). This is a sporadic fireball (and given its velocity possibly
    cometary of origin). I would think the meteor is too fast to make a
    surviving meteorite likely.
    - Marco (with thanks to Judith who put me to this video on the web)
    Dr Marco Langbroek
    Dutch Meteor Society
    Leiden, the Netherlands
    52.15896 N, 4.48884 E (WGS 84)
    e-mail: meteorites@dmsweb.org
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