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Observation by Alex Pratt: Fireball 20200721_001438

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Alex Pratt


Alex Pratt


2020 Jul 20 - 23:14


2020 Jul 21 - 19:43



  • Watec 910HX video camera
  • 8mm f/0.8 lens
  • UFO Capture
  • UFO Analyser

1/25th sec video frames (1/50th sec video fields)


Leeds, West Yorkshire

Target name

Fireball 20200721_001438


Fireball 20200721_001438

About this image

Tracie Heywood brought to my attention that the IMO has received many reports from observers in Scotland and northern England of a very bright meteor. I recorded it on my Leeds_N camera - composite JPG attached.

The meteor was detected when it was mag 3 passing under the Plough. Over the next 7 seconds it gradually brightened to mag 1 as it passed near the ghostly comet C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE), then it flared to mag -3.5, leaving a stationary component which faded over 2 seconds. The body continued as a mag 1 object until it disappeared below my local horizon.

It must have been a fine sight for any observer who saw it pass overhead.

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