Big fireball over South Africa
It’s old news by now, but a very bright fireball streaked across the Southern African skies at about 11pm, 21 November 2009. My wife saw it first-hand, and this is how she descibed it:
“At about eleven pm on Saturday night (21 November), the whole of Northern South Africa lit up. I was on a drive back from a wedding near Brits to Pretoria when the sky went bright white and then faded from purple to blue and then finally disappeared…Racing back home to my astronomy buff Hubby, I was informed that yes, it had been a meteorite and just about everybody had seen it. According to reports online, the site of the landing is somewhere between a tiny town called Alldays and the Botswana border. Hubby missed it, so you can imagine his delight when they found that an innocent highway camera not only caught the flash, but the actual fireball as it made its epic journey down to our little spot on the planet.”
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