Mid of Germany

Christmas Star

By: barbamz, 9:24 PM GMT on December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas to all of you from Germany!

Yesterday at Christmas Eve we witnessed a very special Christmas star. When night fell in at 17:30 (5:30 pm), I've been with my family on the highway approaching Frankfurt and it's big airport from the East. Lots of airplanes were in the air. Suddenly in front of us a fireball with a long bright tail gained our attention. Behind us the thing exploded in the sky like a firework (I couldn't see this part of the event but my nice, placed on the back seats of our car, did). We were concerned that we just witnessed a serious mischief happening to an aircraft. Later on we learned that the phenomena could be seen in other parts of Germany as well, and now the mystery seems to be solved ...

Mysterious fireball was re-entry of Soyuz rocket

Bolt of light in sky has Germany, Belgium at odds

Some videos of the great Christmas show:

Frankfurt Christmas Market: "Comet" with bells


Another one somewhere


Another one with Christmas music in the background

Another one further north

German report of "Spiegel" with video

Enjoy! I'm glad that no injuries and damage were connected with this anthropogenic "comet".

Updated: 9:29 PM GMT on December 25, 2011

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About barbamz

I'm Barbara in Germany (Mainz), and I'm interested in weather already for decades.