Lacrosse 3 and Perseid fireball 6/8

Date: Mon Aug 07 2000 - 01:31:20 PDT

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         6/8 - A lovely night - best for at least 6 weeks.
         Observed Lacrosse 3 (25017) passing near Vega at 21:57:25 UT - briefly 
         brightened from mag 2.5 to around 1, then 8 secs later brightened to 
         around mag -1 for 3 secs.  The moment it faded a brilliant Perseid 
         meteor streaked across the sky from right overhead almost to the 
         Southern horizon at phenomenal speed - the fastest thing I've ever 
         seen on the sky!  Very bright with a brief glittering trail.
         Also observed Cosmos 955 (10362 - fast and bright).  Tried for TiPS 
         (23937) but couldn't see it - I've still not managed to see this one.
         Stayed out for an hour and counted 9 bright Persieds - its picking up.
         Clear Skies (At last),
         Matt Fawcett
         53.893N 0.273W
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