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Sighting Reports 2008

Infrared Videos of Sky Show Reveal Bright Fireball


Still Image of Green Fireball Extracted From Infrared Video.
Still Image of Green Fireball Extracted From Infrared Video.

Image Extracted From Infrared Video Showing Unknown Light Flash at 8:34 PM.
Image Extracted From Infrared Video Showing Unknown Light Flash at 8:34 PM.

Date of Sighting: October 25, 2008
Time of Sighting: 8:52 PM PDT
Date Sighting Reported: October 25 , 2008
Duration of Sighting: Split Second
Location of Sighting: Ocean Shores, Washington (Along Pacific Coast About 50 Miles West of Olympia)
Latitude: 47.0 Degrees North
Longitude: 124.15 Degrees West
Number of Witnesses: Two
Number of Witnesses Interviewed: Two
Weather: Skies Were Clear. Visibility Was Good. Some Haze Was in the Area.

Description: Two of us used an IGEN Infrared night viewer that was plugged into a standard camcorder to take infrared videos. The IGEN device was set to 15 frames/second. (Most camcorders are automatically set to 30 frames/second.) One hour of footage was taken and later viewed. Upon viewing we noticed a few flashing lights in the videos and some obvious falling stars (meteors). The most dramatic scene was the bright fireball that rapidly descended. The video clip of the fireball along with a still image is shown above. The green color was due to the setting on the infrared viewer and not the real color of the fireball. (The fireball could have been naturally green, but this is not known.) The video and image were brightened with a video and photo editor respectively. The spectral sensitivity of the IGEN device is not known, but thought to be between 350 and 1,500 nanometers.

Comments: The fireball is probably a meteor. It is not known if the fireball would have been visible in the visible spectrum because on visible light recording device was included in the video session. The unknown light flash shown in the third image from the top above is probably also a flash due to meteor disintegration, but this is not known for sure.

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