Fireball Over Corfu, Greece

February 05, 2012

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: Bill Metallinos 
Summary Author: Bill Metallinos; Jim Foster

February 2012 Earth Science Picture of the Day Viewer's Choice The photo above showing a startling fireball appearing to rip apart the night sky was seen during a star observation session at Mount Pantokrator on the Greek island of Corfu. I had set my camera up to get a picture of our small group and before long this brilliant meteor lit up the surrounding landscape. It was approximately -8 magnitude or about 25 times brighter than Venus at its brightest -- so bright that we were bathed in a sea of blue-green light. You can see the reflection on my 16 in (41 cm) telescope, on the table at right-center and on the side of my car. Click here to see a short animation.

Photo Details: Canon EOS 40D camera; 15mm fisheye lens; f/2.8; ISO 800; 30-second exposure; Photoshop; Cropped.