|Occurred : 1/11/2001 21:30 (Entered as : 01/11/01 21:30)
Reported: 1/14/2001 16:12
Location: Boulder, CO
|01/11/01 fireball over western skies was different color and headed in a different direction.
Just an addendum to the coverage from the AP of the fireball seen on Thursday evening. The report from the AP states "The helicopter crew spotted the fireball while flying about 30 miles east of Greeley. The light came from the east, around the Nebraska-Colorado border." But what we witnessed (just happened to have just reached the top of Bear Peak and were looking out across the plains toward Denver) was definitely traveling east and came from the west along a trajectory more like Salt Lake/Denver than Nebraska/Colorado. The glow from the illuminated gases around the object were bright enough to light up my face and allow one of my friends to realize and turn around and catch the end of the spectacle. Also, the AP story states that the observers in Sydney saw a blue fireball. Our observations were definitely of a bright green fireball. Not sure the exact length. I'm guessing around five seconds. Very amazing.