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March 11, 1954, Aix-en-Provence, Bouches-du-Rhône:

Reference number for this case: 11-March-54-Aix-en-Provence. Thank you for including this reference number in any correspondence with me regarding this case.

Reports:

[Ref. jc1:] JACQUES COSTAGLIOLA:

The author indicates that on March 11, 1954 in Aix in Provence, J. Mazet saw a very luminous red disc of the diameter of the full moon which crossed in a few seconds the constellation of the Big Dipper and moved towards Bételgeuse while leaving a reddish trail, without making any noise.

Il indique que la source est "BSAF, communication écrite 1954 p.108".

Explanations:

Probable meteor.

I looked for the J. Mazet text in L' Astronomie of 1954, page 108, did not find it. I also checked pages 107, 109, 208, 18, I did not find it either.

Keywords:

(These keywords are only to help queries and are not implying anything.)

Aix-en-Provence, Bouches-du-Rhône, Mazet, red, reddish, luminous, size, trail, fast, duration

Sources:

[---] indicates sources which I have not yet checked.

Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
1.0 Patrick Gross February 13, 2010 First published.
1.1 Patrick Gross October 31, 2011 In "Explanations", change of "Not looked for yet" to "Probable meteor", and addition of the paragraph "I looked for...". A search on the web and in my documentation did not reveal other sources.

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