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one amazing Perseid fireball

"J" and I went out tonight to watch the Perseid meteors. We explored a bit to find a spot free of glare from street lights and house lights. We walked across the state line to New Hampshire, and settled on a spot on a railroad bridge. (The rail line is still used, but the bridge is plenty wide for us to stay clear of trains.) All we had for sky was a stripe of clear from Arcturus to Pegasus, with the Summer Triangle directly overhead.

Before the clouds closed in on the sky the rest of the way, we saw one brilliant fireball, so bright that it shone through the clouds north and south of the clear band, and blazed through the clear part brighter than anything but the Moon or Sun. It left a glowing trail that took 20 seconds or more to fade.

It was the brightest meteor either of us have seen since we met, exceeded only by the last peak Leonids, in 1999, 2001, and 2002, before we knew each other.

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