Leonids – Fireball

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Andrew Robertson

I was at Kelling Heath and had 3 clear nights in a row on the Thur/Fri/Sat. Very poor display this year, only saw a handful, most in the early hours of Friday morning (17th) but did see a leonid fireball in the early hours of Sunday morning. I was facing the opposite direction and thought a car headlight was driving onto the field, turned around in time to see it brighten then explode. Must have been at least mag -10 as far brighter than the brightest irridium flare which can reach about -8. Left a trail about 2 degrees long which lasted for about 10 seconds – Brilliant! Gain Lee saw it also.