Reports Report 5418b (Event 5418-2022)

This report has been linked to the following event: Event 5418-2022
Observer
NameJames M
Experience Level1/5
RemarksMy fellow employee saw it too he was right next to me. It was a bright green fireball with an orange tail. We were standing outside the police station and it was flying low almost completely horizontal. For the first half-moment it had no tail, Just a bright green fireball. Then within that same instant it grew the tail. The whole thing, fireball and tail got brighter and more yellowish before the green fireball burst into pieces and the whole thing dissipated. Whole thing lasted max 4 or 5 seconds. We were astonished at how slow it seemed compared to typical shooting stars. I’ve seen those. But I’ve never seen anything like that.
Location
AddressCape May, NJ
Latitude39° 0' 14.09'' N (39°)
Longitude 74° 54' 38.41'' W (-74.91°)
Elevation6.11m
Time and Duration
Local Date & Time2022-08-22 22:00 EDT
UT Date & Time2022-08-23 02:00 UT
Duration≈3.5s
Direction
Moving directionFrom up right to down left
Descent Angle258°
Moving
Facing azimuth173.48°
First azimuth180°
First elevation19°
Last azimuth147.85°
Last elevation
Brightness and color
Stellar Magnitude-10
ColorGreen, Light Green, Orange, Yellow, Red
Concurrent Sound
ObservationNo
Remarks-
Delayed Sound
ObservationNo
Remarks-
Persistent train
ObservationNo
Duration-
Length-
Remarks-
Terminal flash
ObservationYes
RemarksThe green fireball got brighter before it burst into fragments at the end of its path and the fragments contact forward branching out before the light disappeared. It also had a orange-ish tail.
Fragmentation
ObservationYes
RemarksThe green fireball got brighter before it burst into fragments at the end of its path and the fragments contact forward branching out before the light disappeared. It also had a orange-ish tail.