n MNASSA : Monthly Notes of the Astronomical Society of South Africa - Directions to the Meteorite of 21 November (more or less) : miscellany




Close to 10:55 pm on 21 November 2009 there was a very bright meteor visible over the Southern African skies. It was a Saturday night, people had been partying and alcohol may have been involved. It was seen by many people over a large area stretching from Kwa-Zulu Natal north coast to the Eastern Cape, Natal midlands, many locations in the Free State, Gauteng, Mpumalanga, Limpopo, Botswana and Zimbabwe. Hundreds of people saw a very bright object pass directly overhead for about 2-3 seconds. It was nearly always directly overhead. It was picked up on security cameras and must have been about magnitude -18 to -20 or even brighter. It was a magnificent sight for those who were lucky enough to witness the event.


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