On Sunday 19th November at 01:27ut a meteroid burnt up over Ireland producing a spectacular fireball and smoke trail. Conor McDonald was there to witness the event along with a few others and captured 3 magnificent photos of the smoke train that lasted over 7 minutes after the meteor burnt up.
Robert Cobain from Bangor also captured the fireball on his automatic meteor station and predicted a magnitude of -10.
Observing Report by Robert Cobain
Observing Report by Conor McDonald
As we were eating, a huge fireball came racing from Leo! It was bright blue then flashed and turned bright white, it stretched 45° long and was magnitude -7.5. Though the most amazing part was that there was a smoke train which lasted for 7minutes!!
After we saw this, many roars and shouts could be heard all the way back to Maghera. I quickly grabbed my 300mm lens and started shooting this some train, you can see my shots below.
As the night went on so did the meteors, the activity was steady. We were all starting to feel the cold as the temp dropped to -2°C and the hard frost was affecting our cameras. We waited for the predicted outburst…but nothing! The activity more or less dropped at 4:45am. The outburst probably came earlier. The tally hasn’t been counted yet but I think it was around 150 meteors observed. We packed up at 6am and headed home after a cold but very, VERY exciting night.
Observing Report by Martin McKenna
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