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    Can't find anything yet with a few google searches. Only reference is this thread.

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    Are you sure it was a cigarette you were smoking?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zophos View Post
    Sure it was a meteor and not a spy satellite burning up....

    But no, did not see it from Cresta side.
    Quote Originally Posted by Aquila ka Hecate View Post
    Shirt. I wish. Hopefully aliens intent on destruction of the human race.
    Hear me out. What if Elon Musk hates South Africa so much that when he emigrated he decided he'll start an aerospace company and launch rockets and satellites into space and when no longer in use, he'll bombard the country that tortured him so with space debris?
    Is Kirk Douglas still alive?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Suspect99 View Post
    Are you sure it was a cigarette you were smoking?
    Hookah
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ninja'd View Post
    Hear me out. What if Elon Musk hates South Africa so much that when he emigrated he decided he'll start an aerospace company and launch rockets and satellites into space and when no longer in use, he'll bombard the country that tortured him so with space debris?
    I wanted to recommend a tinfoil hat, but with all the space debris that will be coming our way, maybe we should invest in a Kevlar helmet covered in tinfoil?

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    Aquilids? Pegasids? Cassiopeiids? Beta Turids? /shrug we plow through so much **** daily I'm constantly in awe we've made it this far... either way, if it was, count yourself lucky, seeing a daytime one usually requires radar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zophos View Post
    I wanted to recommend a tinfoil hat, but with all the space debris that will be coming our way, maybe we should invest in a Kevlar helmet covered in tinfoil?
    Just saying that he might be more Lex Luthor than Tony Stark.
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    Report it to the Astronomical Society of SA: http://assa.saao.ac.za/contact-us/report-a-sighting/

    Remember to include the date and time, your location (GPS coordinates if possible), how the object moved relative to compass points and the horizon, how bright it was (relative to the bright stars or Moon), how long the event lasted, if any colours were seen, and if any sounds were heard.
    If you saw it in daylight, it must be bright:
    Did you perhaps observe a fireball (a meteor event with brightness equal to or greater than visual magnitude -3)? Download the standardised Fireball Report Form, fill in as many of the details as you can, and e-mail it to the Shallow Sky Section Director, who will pass it on to the Meteor Specialist.

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    I'm pretty sure I saw what I saw.

    And yes, just a cigarette was smoked.

    But, for all it was extremely bright, it was also very quick. If you weren't looking at the sky you wouldn't have seen it, probably.

    I've also been googling around, with no luck, but that's not very surprising I guess, given the brevity of the incident.

    Oh well - something to remember into my old age then. I've swept the sky for comets, timed meteor showers for years of my life and never before seen one in broad daylight.
    "Today we’ll go out witchfinding, an’ tomorrow we could hide, an’ it’d be the witches’ turn to find US. ”

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gordon_R View Post
    Report it to the Astronomical Society of SA: http://assa.saao.ac.za/contact-us/report-a-sighting/



    If you saw it in daylight, it must be bright:
    Oh yes - thanks Gordon_R, I'll do that. Should've thought of that earlier.
    "Today we’ll go out witchfinding, an’ tomorrow we could hide, an’ it’d be the witches’ turn to find US. ”

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aquila ka Hecate View Post
    Shirt. I wish. Hopefully aliens intent on destruction of the human race.
    Can always trust a leftist to show their true colours in jest.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Temujin View Post
    Aquilids? Pegasids? Cassiopeiids? Beta Turids? /shrug we plow through so much **** daily I'm constantly in awe we've made it this far... either way, if it was, count yourself lucky, seeing a daytime one usually requires radar
    South delta Aquarid, most probably. Although the radiant was a bit off.
    "Today we’ll go out witchfinding, an’ tomorrow we could hide, an’ it’d be the witches’ turn to find US. ”

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aquila ka Hecate View Post
    South delta Aquarid, most probably. Although the radiant was a bit off.
    South Delta Aquarids is quite a solid shower that started today. Around 20 an hour for the next two weeks...

    Highly likely that it was a big boy you saw...

    EDIT: Runs longer than I thought:

    The shower runs on a six-week cycle every year, from 12th July – 23rd August. The peak night for viewing will be the 28th July, through to the 29th.
    https://www.thesouthafrican.com/eigh...frica-in-2018/
    Last edited by Datura; 12-07-2018 at 01:15 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ninja'd View Post
    Hear me out. What if Elon Musk hates South Africa so much that when he emigrated he decided he'll start an aerospace company and launch rockets and satellites into space and when no longer in use, he'll bombard the country that tortured him so with space debris?
    If that turns out to be true I may have to conjure some respect for Elon Musk, it would be the only saving grace of an otherwise proper knob.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Aquila ka Hecate View Post
    South delta Aquarid, most probably. Although the radiant was a bit off.
    Fireballs tend to be sporadic meteors, not associated with any particular radiant.

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