Reports Report 3478cg (Event 3478-2020)

This report has been linked to the following event: Event 3478-2020
Observer
NameEric S
Experience Level4/5
RemarksHaving seen hundreds if not thousands of meteors over the years, I can say that this was a completely different kind of experience. It was frighteningly apocalyptic because it didn't happen as quickly as what I have seen in the past. It was much larger, more diverse in its form and colorful. It was the most awe inspiring event I have seen in the night sky.
Location
AddressTemple, TX
Latitude31° 13' 39.48'' N (31.23°)
Longitude 97° 27' 46.66'' W (-97.46°)
Elevation180m
Time and Duration
Local Date & Time2020-07-18 02:10 CDT
UT Date & Time2020-07-18 07:10 UT
Duration≈20s
Direction
Moving directionFrom up left to down right
Descent Angle101°
Moving
Facing azimuth240°
First azimuth180°
First elevation45°
Last azimuth310°
Last elevation35°
Brightness and color
Stellar Magnitude-10
ColorPurple, Pink, Dark Blue, Light Blue, Light Green, Orange, Yellow, Light Yellow, White
Concurrent Sound
ObservationNo
Remarks-
Delayed Sound
ObservationUnknown
Remarks-
Persistent train
ObservationYes
Duration20s
Length15°
RemarksIt first started out looking cohesive like a falling star, but much larger, and it began to become more dispersed and colorful and ended up looking like a disk shape of swirling light and matter with sections that remained partially cohesive like ghostly orbs.
Terminal flash
ObservationNo
Remarks-
Fragmentation
ObservationYes
RemarksThe fragmentation is described above. It seemed to break into smaller balls of fire at first and then became more dispersed and colorful.