Fireball Reports 2015 November

Here, in reverse chronological order, are details of fireballs reported to the section during November 2015:


Nov 28th  01:50 GMT

Kari Brown (London) captured an image of this fireball while carrying out time lapse photography.

The image, shown here, was a 30 second exposure.

The fireball appeared below Orion.

Kari also saw it visually and described it as being light yellow in colour and having a duration of 3-4 seconds.

Kari also described it as having a long sparkling tail and flaring slightly in brightness near the end of the visible path.



Nov 27th  21:33 GMT

Richard Fleet (Wilcot, Hants) captured this image of a fireball on his north west facing video camera.

Richard identified the fireball as being a Taurid.

In his Twitter post, Richard mentions that he was out in his garden at the time but didn’t see the fireball as he was looking in a different direction.


Nov 22nd  approx 20:40 GMT

Przemek Luczak reported a fireball seen from the Archway area of London at around this time. It was in his NNE sky and had a duration of 1-2 seconds.

This fireball most likely ties in with reports posted elsewhere of a fireball at around 22:30 GMT that was seen from Harwich, Newark, West Yorkshire and mid Wales.


Nov 21st   22:30 GMT

Przemek Luczak (London) witnessed this fireball descending in the SSE sky.

The fireball was yellow-white in colour, had a duration of 3-4 seconds and ended with a terminal flare.


Nov 12th  22:52 GMT

Alex Pratt (Leeds) imaged this slow moving fireball via his south east facing video camera.

The fireball was also imaged by the south east facing video camera of¬†William Stewart¬†(Ravensmoor, Cheshire) one of Alex’s colleagues in the¬†NEMETODE¬†network. William also captured a spectrum of it.

Triangulation of the two images revealed the fireball to be over the East Midlands and descending from an altitude of around 102 km down to around 60km.

The fireball was from the Taurid meteor shower. From Alex’s location, the path traced backwards passed close to both the northern and southern Tarid radiants. However, from William’s location the path traced backwards only passed near the southern Taurid radiant, thus identifying it as a southern Taurid.

There was some discrepancy in the magnitudes reported by the software that monitored the video camera feeds, but the fireball was probably around magnitude -3 or-4.


Nov 9th  05:42 GMT

This fireball was imaged by Paul Sutherland (Walmer, Kent) low in the north eastern sky.

The fireball was also widely seen by observers in Belgium and the Netherlands.

Reports submitted to the IMO from these locations can be seen here

However, caution should be taken regarding the very bright magnitudes specified in some of these reports. Estimating the brightness of fireballs is quite difficult and inexperienced witnesses are likely to over estimate the brightness.

Nevertheless it is likely that for observers closer to the track of the fireball the fireball would have appeared brighter than in this image as for them it would be higher in the sky and therefore less likely to be dimmed by haze.

The path of the fireball indicates that it was a sporadic meteor and so not related to the Taurid and Leonid meteor showers active at the time.

An analysis of the reports, by Mike Hankey, indicates that the fireball started over the east of the Netherlands and travelled north eastwards in the direction of Hanover.

Nov 8th  21:50 GMT

Adam Avison (York) reports seeing a mag -6 fireball descending in his WSW sky. He describes the fireball as being light yellow in colour, having a duration of 3-4 seconds and showing a small orange flare near the end of its path.

Nov 8th  20:12:47 GMT

Initial news of this fireball was received via emails from¬†Michael O’Connell¬†(Ireland) and¬†Jonathan Jones¬†(near Lancaster). Michael, who operates as part of the NEMETODE video camera fireball network, had captured an image of the fireball. Jonathan had seen it while driving south along the M6.

There were also many Twitter posts about this fireball, with witness locations including Galashiels in Scotland, Flintshire in Wales, Co Antrim in Northern Ireland and Dublin, Monaghan and Cork in Ireland. Several tweets mentioned a blue-green colour.

Examples included:

“Big bluey green fireball seen in the sky near Bantry. Also seen in Cork city”

“Just saw a fireball light up the sky just outside of Omagh. It came from the west heading east. Facing south at 20:11”

“Just saw a huge fireball with a large bright trail shooting over Monaghan in Ireland. Seemed v close!”

“Saw it in Waddington, Lancashire. Lit up the sky as the fireball peaked towards the west. Beautiful goosebump moment”

Early indications are that the fireball was over the southern Irish Sea.

Nov 7th  22:49 GMT

This fireball was reported by¬†Robert Colclough¬†(Staffs). Robert describes it as having a duration of 3-4 seconds, being slow to medium speed, light blue/light green in colour and travelling from Auriga down into Gemini. It left a ‘spiral’ train that was 10 degrees in length and persisted for 3-4 seconds.

William Stewart¬†(Ravensmoor, Cheshire) reports that he captured an image that shows part of this fireball’s path at the edge of the field of view of his NE facing camera.

Nov 7th  02:06:00 GMT

This fireball, of mag -5/-7 and leaving a train which persisted for 9 seconds, was seen by Alastair McBeath (Morpeth) during a meteor watch. It was green-yellow in colour, included one main flare and at least one secondary flare (judging by the way the sky lit up and on the appearance of the persistent train Рonly the flare-light and the train were actually observed). It travelled from Canis Minor into western Hydra. This fireball may also tie in with one imaged by Ray Taylor of the NEMETODE network from East Yorkshire.

Nov 7th  01:28:50 GMT

During the same meteor watch,¬†Alastair¬†also noted a bright green “flare” from low in the eastern sky (outside of his field of view) that may well have been a fireball (no other firework activity being noted that late in the night). Alastair has however noted that an image of a fireball captured by Graeme Whipps (Aberdeenshire) at approx this time has been posted on-line in a number of locations (see, for example¬†here)¬†, although with the image showing that fireball in Graeme’s northern sky, Alastair doubts that it would also have been visible from as far south as Morpeth.

Nov 1st  23:05 GMT

This fireball was reported by Stuart Roberts (Cheadle Hulme). It travelled from the ENE to the WSW, and was descending from alt 65 deg to alt 50 deg. Stuart described it as being white in colour and having a duration of 3-4 seconds

Nov 1st  22:10 GMT

This fireball, most likely a Taurid, was reported by Kevin Boyle (Stoke on Trent). Kevin described it starting in the south and moving westward, 15-30 degrees above the horizon. It had d uration of 3 seconds, was brilliant white in colour, and was estimated to be at least as bright as Venus (mostly like -5 or -6).