Suspected Meteor fireball photographed Gloucester UK 9 March 2014 [Sunset Contrail]

Trigger Hippie

Senior Member.
I'm not sure I understand her narrative. How fast did this object "plummet" towards the ground? At first they didn't realize it was even moving. She took 15 pics, some at one minute intervals.

I'm leaning towards this being a contrail.
 

Balance

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http://www.gloucestercitizen.co.uk/...unidentified/story-20798837-detail/story.html

If you click through the pictures, there's another snaphot taken by someone else (Andrew Hill) presumably from a different angle.

From the comments section, another witness
 

scombrid

Senior Member.
That's a mightly slow plummet.

Let's see.
Photos show extensive cirrus clouds.
"Object" visible for at least 15 minutes.

And this.

Contrail.
 

scombrid

Senior Member.
Really? The Met Office didn't recognize a contrail? They told her it was "something" entering the atmosphere?

Oh well, I guess that's not much different than the "official" response to the initial reports of a rocket launch in this story:


http://www.cnn.com/2010/US/11/09/california.contrails/

http://wattsupwiththat.com/2010/11/09/mystery-missle-launch-off-california/
 

Mick West

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I'm going to call this "contrail", based on:
  1. Looks exactly like a contrail at sunset
  2. Moves like a plane (15 minutes to slowly "fall" towards the horizon)
  3. Casts a shadow behind itself while heading towards the sun, so it's horizontal
It's yet another example of a sunlit contrail causing confusion, just a bit longer than usual.

http://contrailscience.com/short-sunlit-contrails-look-like-ufos/

It's basically this, but with a thicker trail (I took this photo)
 
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Hama Neggs

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Really? The Met Office didn't recognize a contrail? They told her it was "something" entering the atmosphere?

Oh well, I guess that's not much different than the "official" response to the initial reports of a rocket launch in this story:


http://www.cnn.com/2010/US/11/09/california.contrails/

http://wattsupwiththat.com/2010/11/09/mystery-missle-launch-off-california/

If they didn't understand that the object was seen to be moving very slowly, that would throw them off.
 

Mick West

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Any "meteor" seen at sunset should immediately be treated as a likely contrail. Meteors happen 24 hours a day, yet somehow 99% of these reports happen at sunset.

San Mateo Times, Jan 12th, 1950:


Here's one on Wikipedia:
 
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TEEJ

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I contacted the very nice lady via her Flickr Account and sent her the thread link. Thank you Sarah for providing the time and location. Possibly a likely candidate can be found on Flight Radar 24? It was at 5.51 to 5.59 over Gloucester (1751 to 1759 GMT).
 

TEEJ

Senior Member.

BAW187 does appear to tie up!

http://www.flightradar24.com/2014-03-09/17:46/12x/BAW91W/2db84e7

Sarah very kindly provided more details

Sarah,
The vertical observation will be down purely to perspective. The 'vertical contrail' is another commonly mistaken observation. People have reported them as missiles!

Also take into consideration that the aviation in the region at that time would also be reporting a fireball in the sky.

'Missile' example California, 2010

http://contrailscience.com/los-angeles-missile-contrail-explained-in-pictures/
 
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