[meteorite-list] Fwd: Very Bright Fireball(?), 06 July 2001, South FL USA
From: Robert Verish <bolidechaser_at_meteoritecentral.com>
Date: Thu Apr 22 09:43:30 2004
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Date: Tue, 10 Jul 2001 16:42:44 -0400
From: Lew Gramer <dedalus_at_latrade.com>
Subject: (meteorobs) Fwd: Very Bright Fireball(?), 06
July 2001, South FL USA
What an extraordinary event a fireball is to witness,
Mr. Landess; especially like the one you described -
brighter than the full moon, and bright enough to cast
stark shadows around you, and maybe even pale the sky
Mr. Landess, you mention that you have reported this
event already: if you did report to one of the amateur
meteor groups (IMO, AMS, DMS, etc.), then thank you!
If not, I strongly encourage you to consider filing a
separate report to the International Meteor
Organization about this, while the details are still
fresh in your mind! You can find the IMO fireball
report Web form at:
Also, if any other amateurs in the counties of Dade,
Broward, Monroe and Palm Beach witnessed this same
event, please consider submitting your own independent
report to that same Web site above! Such fireball
reports are very valuable, both in statistical studies
of worldwide fireball activity, and perhaps in pinning
down any possible meteorite falls from this event!
NOTE: Tod Landess is not a [Meteorite-List], OR
'meteorobs' OR 'FloridaAstronomy' subscriber.
To followup, MANUALLY place 'tlandess_at_miami.edu' in
the "Cc:" line of your reply!
Lew Gramer <owner-meteorobs_at_atmob.org>
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Date: Tue, 10 Jul 2001 13:07:58 -0400
From: Tod Landess <tlandess_at_miami.edu>
Subject: fireball sighting
Dear MeterObs Members,
I saw a bright fireball and would love to discuss more
about it with someone more knowledgeable about them.
I am not an astromomer and may not be able to give the
best scientific information but I feel that what I saw
was something special.
I was on a sailboat on July 6, around 2:30 am about 25
miles east of Miami, Fl. headed for Bimini, Bahamas.
The captain was asleep and the boat was on auto-pilot
but I was up on deck watching for ship lights.
I have seen many shooting stars in my life, but what I
saw that night was amazing.
Fireball would seem to describe it. It was brighter
than the full moon which was was out and bright that
morning. It was bright yellow and had a long tail or
trail which was also yellow with no fragmentation. It
was moving fast across the sky from east to west and
was visible for 3 seconds . It did not appear to be
traveling at an angle towards the earth but rather
across the sky from the eastern horizon directly
overhead then disapearing in the west. It seemed to
just skip through the earths' atmosphere.
I did email a fireball report form but would love to
discuss this event further with someone if it is of
Tod Landess, Miami, Fl.
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