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South Essex, UK sighting 21 August 2011
I am pleased to see that your website contains reports of the bright meteor seen last night falling over the south of England .
I was in South Essex , looking due west, waiting for the International Space Station to come over the horizon.
The time of the sighting of the meteor was about 2145 BST.
I saw a very bright white light just above the western horizon, moving in what appeared to be a South to North direction.
It was falling in a very shallow angle of approximately 250.
The light was almost as bright as the ISS which went overhead at about magnitude -3.
This item fell without leaving a trail behind it.
I saw the object for about a second as it crossed the area of sky that I was looking at. But as my view was restricted both to the south and north, I suspect that it may have been visible to others for longer.
It cannot have been a late Perseid, as its radiant would have been more like the constellation Ophiuchus.
The ISS was initially quite dim in the west as it was viewed through the thickness of the atmosphere.
The relative brightness of the meteor suggests that it was much nearer, and at a lower altitude than the ISS.Wickford, Essex , U.K. -Cliff Thornton
Breedon on the Hill Meteor Fireball 21.45pm 21AUG2011
I saw the amazing meteor at 21.45pm on Sunday 21st August whilst waiting for the space station to pass over. Location- Breedon on the Hill near East Midlands Airport, England. Approx. 40 deg. above horizon, travelling much faster than a plane or helicopter from south towards north in a few seconds before disappearing behind Breedon Hill. Emitting bright yellow light. Also witnessed by my Mum in Derby whilst also waiting for space shuttle. It appeared larger than the space shuttle even when that passed overhead.
Could not understand what my husband and myself had seen and expected it to be on the local news, but no mention.Lesley Hextall Thank you Lesley!
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