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Thanks very much for your e-mail of April 20th with your friend's image from February or March 2011.
This is an interesting and rather puzzling image. While I didn't receive any daylight fireball observations from either month last year, that wouldn't prevent this object from having been such a meteor. However, I'm doubtful that this was meteoric, primarily because of its extremely short duration, and the fact it was so very obvious in the shot, yet nobody else had reported it, even from the same place.
The helicopter seems unusually uniformly dark (no shadows or obvious sunlight), which raises questions about whether the sky was clear or not. Obviously, a cloudy sky would have made spotting a fireball still more problematic than it being daytime.
Given that the linear object is almost vertical, it seems more likely it was some effect of the camera's electrics or a stray reflection, to appear on just one of the dozen frames that second.
While this isn't conclusive, and if there's anything more you can tell me about the date or circumstances under which the photo was obtained, I'd welcome seeing them, but my suspicion is this wasn't a daylight meteor, sadly.
Hoping I might be wrong, with all best wishes,
Originally posted by greeneyedleo
It 100% looks like a contrail.....IMO.
and perspective is everything....It is more than likely NOT going down......it just appears that way due to perspective. I see absolutely nothing out of the ordinary with this...edit on April 19th 2012 by greeneyedleo because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by FireballStorm
I'd say that what alldaylong described sounds just like the ISS entering earth's shadow.
heavens-above.com also says there was a pass at 22:42, with the ISS entering earth's shadow at 22:47 in the East.
Originally posted by Thunda
Again- impossible. I know the ISS is moving fast (17,500 miles per hour) but would still not cross the sky in a 1/12 of a second! We would never see it!
Originally posted by alldaylong
I noticed a bright ball of white light moving quite slowly across the sky. At first i thought it may have been the ISS. However after a few minutes it turned into a red colour