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Iridium 33 pass tonight

At last we (in Wellington) seem to be getting rid of cloud which has made observation virtually impossible!

Another good Iridium 33 pass at 8:35 p.m NZDT tonight (Tuesday 24th) going southwest to northwest lasting about 15 minutes Highest elevation is about 38 degrees in the west. Times will vary slightly depending on location. Could flash or flare (difficult or impossible to see even with binoculars unless it does). Any reports would be of interest, time them if possible.

Also tomorrow morning (Wednesday) at 5:45 a.m the Space Station and Shuttle will pass to the south, only visible for a very short time as it exits the earth's shadow but should be nice and bright.

Exceptionally bright meteor

I was driving to a spot to view an Iridium satellite flare earlier tonight (23 March, central North Island). On the way there, at about 7:40pm I saw a very bright meteor in a north easterly direction, and moving relatively slowly. I probably only saw it for a couple of seconds and I guess it may have moved about 10 degrees over that period. it was bright, yellow or white, and appeared to be heading more or less directly "down". As best I can recall it was something like 20-30 degrees above the horizon when I saw it. We got to see the Iridium flare also about quarter of an hour later (magnitude -8 in theory), but this meteor appeared to be far brighter (even in the very light sky at the time when I saw it).

Clive Gifford.


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Not exactly weather related but certainly of considerable interest and it does involve looking at the sky! The main remaining body of the Iridium 33 satellite that was wrecked recently in a collision passes South to North over New Zealand this evening starting around 8:16 pm for those in the south and a little later for those in the North. Reports are that is flashing.

Binoculars will be best but it may be possible to see the flashes without them. Looks like the flash period will be about 4 to 5 seconds. The pass will last about 15 minutes. Looks like I might get clouded out- hope not!


Shooting star!

10:28pm, Sunday March 15.  Was just watching TV and something caught my eye out the window - the biggest and brightest meteor I've ever seen (have certainly never seen one from indoors!).  Lasted about 4 long seconds streaking towards the west in the north west sky.  Was a greeny/white colour.  Very cool! 

Philip Duncan

You're right! Me and my lady

You're right!
Me and my lady saw it too!
What's amazing is that I was a 1000 miles away from her but we happened to look at it at the same moment and only later talked about it! Wow!

Where abouts are you? Phil.

Where abouts are you?


Meteors possible early tomorrow morning

There could be meteors early Saturday morning from the Gamma-Nomids. Best time will be from about 3 a.m to 5 a.m. Look east of the Southern Cross.

large meteor with green trail seen arching from north to south

On March 10th 2009 about 7pm I saw a large object with a green pointed trail in the west arching from north to south. It was a clear sky and I was on a commuter boat between chelsea bridge and albert bridge. I thought it must be hitting the ground... did anyone else see it?

? meteor

I was watching the sky with a friend on the 7th February, at about 10.05pm, from a Hawkes Bay beach. A bright red/orange light with an aura around it appeared. Travelling from north to south south east it crossed the sky in approximately 1.5 to 2 seconds, clearly visible until disappearing into cloud on the horizon. The sky was predominantly clear, with very light patchy cloud cover. The light was large, approximately 5 to 6 mm across with the aura adding another 2 to 3mm to this. I can't find any information as to what this might have been and am interested to find out. I have witnessed meteors and 'shooting stars' before and this definately did not resemble anything I have witnessed before. Any feedback would be appreciated.

Lights in the northern sky about 10.45pm Sat

Looking north over christchurch new zealand, towards i would say ashley river mouth from papanui we saw low in the sky, differant coloured lights.
These lights could not have been a metor shower or shooting stars as these appeared then dissapeared!

These lights did this for about 15 minites, and what a show..!
it was almost like 100 lights all just going on off on off like a xmas tree lights then moving.

Now these lights stayed in the same place, while the star beside them moved out of view behind a big pine tree... so if these were in a fixed position they would have rotated with the rest of the stars.

I can put it down to a lot of failling stars / northen lights? are these seen this time of year from ch ch ? or 1 big fleet of UFOs doing something
but id be interested to know if anyone else saw these!

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I live in HOKIANGA

I was outside at about half 10 ish when i saw a really bright flash. It freaked me out as i live in the middle of the bush and it lit the place up like daylight for a few seconds. I looked up to the sky and saw the fading of light and a long smoke trail. The smoke trail however arced downward from WEST to EAST. Im sure I heard a crash about 5 seconds later sounded like crackles but it all happened so quickly. I didnt know what it was at first but now i can get over it beacause now i know it was a meteor. And here i was thinking it was an alien spaceship bringing the antichrist. Waaaaa.

Meteor on 13th Dec 19:45hrs

I too saw a very bright beautiful iridescent green light across the night sky, travelling in a East to West arc at about 7:45pm or there abouts.... I was looking North-West out our conservitory in Collingwood, Golden Bay near Nelson..... It was extremely bright and as I have said was a very beautiful iridescent green ,,,, this I do believe was a Meteorite....Mike

Was at Huntly speedway when i

Was at Huntly speedway when i saw a a bright flash and looked up at the sky and seen a bright star like thing flying through the sky with a light trail behind it. It disappeared into the horizon towards the north west. It was quite spectacular to see as I had never seen a meteor before.

First comment re: Meteor

A reader to, Gregory Wood, says he saw the meteor in Saturday night's sky.  "I watched it from Orewa while outside trying to take a photograph of the full moon. The first thing I noticed was a brilliant flash of light over my shoulder to the west of the land. I first thought it was sheet lightning as there was no noise. Looking up, the meteor's tail crossed about a quarter of the horizon at about 10 o'clock (in aviation terms)".

Mr Wood says the tail resembled a vapour trail from an aircraft but pointed out aircraft vapour trails aren't usually visible at night.  "I assumed that these were red hot meteor particles slowly cooling down".


yes yes yes, well we were trying to make our way through the crowds leaving xmas in the park - auckland on staurday night after an amazing show of fireworks, a shooting star lit the sky, it was SPECTACULAR ive seen a couple before but never anything like this, the tail lasted for about 1 mintue. what a beautiful land we live in... Incredible... :)


We were sitting outside with work friends at our christmas party, when we all looked up to this brilliant white blue streak accross the sky, was quite amazing, people sitting with there back to it all looked up instantly as they saw the bright light, light up our faces but by the time they looked up had missed the brilliant event, perhaps this will be the only time i will ever see one of those. Incredible


I was walking down St Stephens Avenue in Parnell, and heard the sound of an exceptionally fast small jet. I looked up to see a dead straight light trail in the sky, coming from the direction of the Auckland Domain and heading towards Remuera. My friends thought it was a firework, but there was no burst of colour at the end. The trail stayed white for less than a minute, then slowly faded. I was impressed by the straightness of it.



My family and I were driving up 'John Down's Street' in Browns Bay on Saturday between 10:10pm and 10:30pm (not too sure). A massive flash (blue-white in color) went off above our car (no sound though) We thought it was lightening, but i checked the sky and there were only a few clouds far North. It lasted about half a second, but it was bright. We said it was either a pylon exploding over our car (unlikely) or a meteorite, as I've seen one before (really close too, could hear it crackling as it descended!!)

I didn't think at the time to look for the meteorite till later...pitty


We were out in our front yard

We were out in our front yard on the North Shore when we were surprised by a brilliant white flash of light in the sky around 10:25 pm. Looked up to see what appeared to be either a vapor-like trail or smoke trail appear across the sky running roughly E to W which lasted for quite a few seconds before slowly fading into the background darkness. Seen plenty of shooting stars before but never anything as spectacular as this.

meteor in Auckland after fireworks

I saw that! We were leaving Christmas in the Park when we saw a flash and heard a noise. I looked up in time to see the meteor and the vapour trail. My wife said it was just a firework bu it didn't really behave like one.

Keen to see if it was recorded anywhere.

Was sitting in the shed where

Was sitting in the shed where a large window faces to the northwest, situated in Silverdale, all of a sudden, huge flash of white light in 2 distinct bursts flashed, we stumbled to gaze awkwardly out of the windown (hey, it was a Saturday night!) and so no evidence of clouds (well ones that would be suficient to brew a storm worthy of lighting) and heard no thunder. Part of me was thinking it could be a meteor given the time of year, but I had never seen one before so never knew what to look for, plus the bright white flashes, I thought it must have been lighting!
Wake up this morning to reports of a meteor & my pondering over such events of last night ceased!


Yes, part of the annual Geminid Meteor-shower, which peaks tomorrow morning and is one of the most active of the year. The best time to look for Geminids is any time after about 1 or 2 am through until dawn. Some more info here and here.

Btw, Full Moon alignment occurred at 5:37am on Saturday and Perigee 5 hours later at 10:38am. So technically, the Perigean Full Moon was brighter here on Fri/Sat night, rather than last night. Congrats to Weatherwatch for getting that right, unlike TVNZ who yesterday claimed that it was last night.

Ball of light

At 5:10am in Tewksbury Ma, I was outside havin a smoke and happened to look up at the sky and saw a ball of light that was roughly the size of a basketball, didn't look like it was high in the sky at all, it was light blue, looked like a shooting star, was headed towards the ground but it disappeared behind my neighbors house across the way ( I live in a townhouse complex) What the hell did I just see?


Just seen the same thing in Johnson city tn,looked like a falling star but was really close and was on fire from coming through the atmosphere I assume.. really cool to see ..happened around 7:30 pm

explosian 2007

i didint see anything this year but in 2007 me and my brother saw an orang explosian in the sky, later on the radio some scientest said it was a supernova, i still dont believe that. then in 2009 we saw three red lights at a low altitude move verry qiukly and silently over us, the three red lights made the shape of a triangle, i think there were some smaler lights but i couldent tell, I live in northern alberta near an airforce base so im used to seeing low flying jets and airplanes, but ive never seen anything like that before and havent since.

I remember this in 2007 . i

I remember this in 2007 . i used to live in hunua/papakura I was about 11 when this happened .