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