Reports Report 3845e (Event 3845-2019)

This report has been linked to the following event: Event 3845-2019
Observer
NameChristopher L
Experience Level3/5
RemarksI was driving through South Park this morning on my way to a hike. The moon was nearly full, but the sky in this part of Colorado is about as dark as it gets. I pulled over onto the side of the road and turned off my headlights because I knew the Perseids were peaking and I saw several on Wednesday. Then, the brightest meteor I’ve ever seen went streaking across the sky. It was as bright as the moon. The tail went across perhaps a quarter of the sky at any one time. It lasted only 5 or 6 seconds and then exploded as it neared the horizon. I couldn’t believe it.
Location
AddressAntero Junction, CO
Latitude38° 56' 49.13'' N (38.95°)
Longitude 105° 57' 49.12'' W (-105.96°)
Elevation2761.89m
Time and Duration
Local Date & Time2019-08-17 04:45 MDT
UT Date & Time2019-08-17 10:45 UT
Duration≈3.5s
Direction
Moving directionFrom up right to down left
Descent Angle255°
Moving
Facing azimuth172.78°
First azimuth171.43°
First elevation35°
Last azimuth120.07°
Last elevation15°
Brightness and color
Stellar Magnitude-14
ColorLight Blue, White
Concurrent Sound
ObservationNo
Remarks-
Delayed Sound
ObservationNo
Remarks-
Persistent train
ObservationUnknown
Duration-
Length-
Remarks-
Terminal flash
ObservationYes
RemarksIt seemed to explode into dozens of tiny fragments which were also very bright
Fragmentation
ObservationYes
RemarksIt seemed to explode into many pieces near the horizon, and then disappeared.