Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Fireball over northern Italy - September 03, 2013

A bright fireball has been seen over northern Italy aroud 02:12 local time (00:12 UT) of September 03, 2013.

Recently we installed an All-Sky camera on Mount Matajur Observatory - Italy (MPC Code B68). This all-sky camera is the first step toward remote observing from Matajur Observatory as it will be very important to check the sky conditions before the observing sessions and to image transient phenomena like yesterday fireball. While the camera is still in the testing phase, it has been able to image the flash by this bright fireball. See our video below showing the flash from the fireball and the frames just before and after the event. Click here or on the thumbnail for a bigger version.

Flash from Fireball over northern Italy on September 03, 2012 at 00:13UT - All-Sky Camera Mount Matajur Observatory in Italy - AFAM photo fireball_03_september_2013_matajur_4_zps4d290680.gif

Below you can see an image & video of this Fireball imaged from Ferrara by a meteor-cam station of IMTN ( Italian Meteor and TLE Network ) group.


Some witnesses in the Veneto region have reported hearing sounds (such as explosions) after the passage of the fireball.

On the same night, at 02:26 local time (00:26 UT) - 14 minutes after the Fireball - our All-Sky camera imaged another bright meteor. You can see the image and the animation below (click here or on the thumbnail for a bigger version). 



Bright Meteor - September 03, 2013 at 00:26UT - ALL-Sky Camera Mount Matajur Observatory - Italy - AFAM photo fireball_03_september_2013_matajur_3_zps58ed9443.gif

by Luca Donato, Ernesto Guido & Massimiliano Travagini

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