[meteorite-list] Toronto Fireball Error! Was Seen in Fremont MI
From: Mark Fox <unclefireballmtf_at_meteoritecentral.com>
Date: Thu Apr 22 09:47:05 2004
November 4, 2001
Greetings Meteorite and Meteor Enthusiasts!
I am the person who had reported a fireball seen at
Toronto, Canada, on 10-17-2001, at around 10:30 P.M.
EDT. Sadly, I must say it is in error. It was "NOT"
seen at Toronto. Rather, this bright fireball was
observed in Newaygo County, MI, in Fremont. Sorry for
any needless confusion it may have generated. The
original NAMN fireball report is at the bottom of this
While I am here writing this, I suppose it may be wise
to report the event over in perhaps more detail and
refresh some of the figures. Again, the true observer
of this event was my brother Dan, not myself (I
probably missed the fireball by a nigh half hour or
so). Also, keep in mind that the listed data is still
rough and a bit sketchy. Feel free to ask any
LOCATION: Fremont, Newaygo County, MI USA
DATE AND TIME: Wednesday, October 17, 2001 at around
10:30 P.M. EDT
OBSERVER: Daniel Craver
APPARENT MAGNITUDE: as bright or somewhere nearly as
bright as the full moon (around -10 Mag.)
TOTAL DURATION: at least 3 sec., maybe more
SOUND: not observed
APPARENT DIRECTION OF PATH: N-S (in the eastern sky)
LENGTH OF PATH: unknown (the length the observer
saw was roughly in the range of 30 deg.)
HEIGHT ABOVE HORIZON WHEN FIRST SEEN: around 20
HEIGHT ABOVE HORIZON WHEN LAST SEEN: about 5 deg.
less than the preceding figure (the fireball was lost
in the tree line)
SPEED (using a 1 to 5 scale, 1 being
VERY slow, and 5 being extremely quick.): 2-3
PERSISTENT TRAIN: not observed
DUST TRAIL: not observed
FRAGMENTATION: not observed
My e-mail is unclefireballmtf_at_yahoo.com.
Long strewn fields and noisy fireballs!
Newaygo, MI USA
---- Your Name? Mark Fox Your Town/State/Country? Newaygo, MI USA Date and Time? 10-17-2001 at around 10:30 PM What compass direction did the fireball appear from? North What compass direction did the fireball DISAPPEAR from? South How long, in seconds, were you able to see it in the sky? 3+ How many degrees off the horizon was it when it APPEARED? (As a reference, a closed fist held at arm's length is approximately 10 degrees.) 30? How many degrees off the horizon was it when it DISAPPEARED? 25? How bright did it appear? Like a star, Venus, the Moon, or the setting Sun? The Moon Did it have any color(s)? Blue/White Did it appear to fall apart as it went by? What did that look like? NONE Did it leave a persistent streak in the sky after it was gone? How long did that last? NONE How fast did it move? Use a 1 to 5 scale, 1 being VERY slow, and 5 being extremely quick. 3 Did you hear a sound? If yes, what was the time delay from sighting to sound? NONE What is the closest Town/State to where you saw the fireball? Toronto? Please put any additional remarks, sketches, drawings, etc. below: November 3, 2001 Dear Sirs: Please excuse the rough information. This is the first time I ever used a form to report a fireball sighting. The true observer of this bright fireball is my brother Dan who added that this was the brightest meteor he recalled seeing. He was at work milking cows at the time and thus wasn't meteor hunting. According to him, the fireball was seen in the eastern sky. I may be able to spruce up some of his figures some more if desired, including in more detail. Feel free to ask. Thank you for your time. Best regards, Mark Fox Newaygo, MI USA __________________________________________________ Do You Yahoo!? Find a job, post your resume. http://careers.yahoo.comReceived on Sun 04 Nov 2001 02:52:28 PM PST