Reports Report 9044av (Event 9044-2021)

This report has been linked to the following event: Event 9044-2021
Observer
NameBernard M
Experience Level3/5
RemarksI'm a tenured English professor at the University of Delaware and have a Ph.D. (I mention this to establish credibility). I was walking my dog just before 6:00AM. After I saw the fireball, I remembered that there was supposed to be a meteor showing between the 13th and 15th. It was amazing.
Location
AddressNewark, DE
Latitude39° 41' 26.06'' N (39.69°)
Longitude 75° 43' 22.21'' W (-75.72°)
Elevation27.24m
Time and Duration
Local Date & Time2021-12-15 06:00 EST
UT Date & Time2021-12-15 11:00 UT
Duration≈3.5s
Direction
Moving directionFrom up left to down right
Descent Angle95°
Moving
Facing azimuth91.27°
First azimuth88°
First elevation53°
Last azimuth120°
Last elevation46°
Brightness and color
Stellar Magnitude-18
ColorOrange
Concurrent Sound
ObservationUnknown
Remarks-
Delayed Sound
ObservationUnknown
Remarks-
Persistent train
ObservationYes
Duration1s
Length10°
Remarksglowing orange train. It appeared as an orange ball, moved across the horizon, split and then the splits left a train
Terminal flash
ObservationUnknown
Remarks-
Fragmentation
ObservationYes
Remarkssee above. The one orange ball split into a few large fragments and then into more.