Reports Report 9044o (Event 9044-2021)

This report has been linked to the following event: Event 9044-2021
Observer
NameRachel F
Experience Level4/5
RemarksYears of watching the skies, this was different. The beginning travel speed and way it was going sideways more than straight down is what caught my attention so much so I had to reverse to see what it was. Once I saw the breaking up like it fell apart or exploded is when I realized it was a meteor. One I have never witnessed before.
Location
AddressSomerdale, NJ
Latitude39° 51' 11.34'' N (39.85°)
Longitude 75° 1' 17.75'' W (-75.02°)
Elevation18.5m
Time and Duration
Local Date & Time2021-12-15 06:20 EST
UT Date & Time2021-12-15 11:20 UT
Duration≈3.5s
Direction
Moving directionFrom down left to up right
Descent Angle88°
Moving
Facing azimuth46.93°
First azimuth45.37°
First elevation48°
Last azimuth110.93°
Last elevation21°
Brightness and color
Stellar Magnitude-11
ColorOrange
Concurrent Sound
ObservationUnknown
Remarks-
Delayed Sound
ObservationNo
Remarks-
Persistent train
ObservationYes
Duration3s
Length-
RemarksLong bright orange tail, I'm familiar with meteors in showers and this was different slower moving. I pulled in reverse to keep eyes on it until it broke apart.
Terminal flash
ObservationNo
Remarks-
Fragmentation
ObservationYes
RemarksOnce lower to ground, it broke apart. Trail started as bold and bright orange, then broke apart to spots. Like whatever it was exploded and broke into pieces.