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Norwegian Meteor
« on: January 15, 2017, 11:07:54 PM »
This just in regarding what appears to have been a large bolide in Norway.
Marshall

The Norwegian Meteor Network online site is reporting a multi-witness mid-day meteoric fireball event at 13:48 (1:48 p.m.) local time today, Sunday, January 15, 2017, with a subsequent "thunderclap" a couple minutes afterward and visible fragmentation during the flight.  Visual observations were reported from the Norwegian counties (provinces) of Sogn og Fjordane, Møre og Romsdal, Oppland, and Rogaland.  Fireball was located over the northern part of the the Langfjella Mountain Range.

Article in Norwegian is available at http://norskmeteornettverk.no/wordpress/?p=2670#more-2670 and can be run through Google Translate, although the English result is pretty irregular.  No time for me to translate it at the moment into human English, unfortunately.

Their automated videorecording system with 3 cameras failed to capture it, apparently obscured by haze, the mountainous terrain, and the close proximity of the fireball to horizon -- the red circles placed on the still photos in the article are said to show where the fireball would probably have shown up.  The four reader comments are all short notices by some of the witnesses who saw it. 

The initial comment (by "Silje Sletteland") mused that it was a scant 3 km away --  clearly a typical gross underestimate in view of the large distances (a few hundred kilometers) separating the eyewitnesses and the two-plus minute delay of the boom, which would indicate at least 40 km from the person(s) who heard it (with the speed of sound at approximately 20 km per minute).  No estimates on any apparent visual magnitude.

As the news spreads, there may be further comments/testimonies on the site of the article, if you wish to re-check it.  All blessings!

David N. Wigtil, Germantown, Maryland