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What is a fireball meteor?

Have you ever seen a very bright meteor? Congratulations, you most likely saw a fireball! A fireball is simply a bright meteor streaking across the sky. Compared to the planet Venus which is about -4 magnitude, a fireball has to be brighter than Venus. Fireballs come in a variety of speeds and even colours. Bright meteors, fireballs, occur randomly throughout the year and we tend to see small explosions. UKMON usually records half a dozen of these types of events.


What is a bolide meteor?

Compared to a fireball, a bolide is even brighter than the fireball, which is brighter than a normal meteor. I know, we could not make this simpler. Bolide fireball meteors are those heavyweight class of fireballs, brighter than the moon, with ability to cast a shadow. With Bolide fireballs, it also tends to be a case where we can see a large terminal explosion and seen fragmentation. These events happen fairly rarely, maybe once per year or two. The last one we recorded was the St. Patrick's Day fireball.


Why we need your reports

Our cameras don't cover 100% of the sky, and sometimes we miss important fireball events. The public reports help us tremendously.


How we handle the data

All your data is sent to the International Meteor Organisation. UKMON does not handle or keep any of your information.


How to set up meteor camera

If you find it exciting, you can always set up your own camera and join the UKMON community of citizen scientists.


UK network coverage

Check out the latest network coverage over the UK. There are three camera systems, and we are adding cameras all the time.

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