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Old 02-12-2021, 10:02 AM
Tropo-Bob (Bob)
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Super swift, bright and awesome

Whilst looking for Mars this morning, unsuccessfully, I glimpsed a extremely swift meteor between Canis Major and Orion. I assume it to be a member of the Puppid-Velids.

The meteor commenced as brightly as Sirius and became as bright as Venus before ending abruptly. Its arc easily covered 15 degrees.

My gut feeling is that I have rarely, if ever seen such a swift, bright meteor covering such distance. Normally the swift ones that I see are faint and short travelers. Normally, bright meteors are slower than this one.

I had taken a 'half chance' in a hazy sky to look around and what was looking like a waste of time suddenly turned into a magic moment, when I reconnected with my childlike awe of the stars.
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