Reports Report 4480bx (Event 4480-2020)

This report has been linked to the following event: Event 4480-2020
Observer
NameJoe C
Experience Level2/5
RemarksI' ve seen "shooting stars" before; this was way beyond anything I've ever seen before. As bright as nav and landing lights on aircraft but speed well beyond aircraft (which regularly pass overhead in pattern for KABE). I've never seen anything in the sky apparently shed mass before. This was a once in a lifetime serendipitous sighting that I observed while placing a RaspberryPi NoIR camera in my yard to test its ability to capture star trails around Polaris.JoeC WindyHeights 20200818.2224EDT
Location
Address, PA
Latitude40° 31' 50.72'' N (40.53°)
Longitude 75° 23' 54.34'' W (-75.4°)
Elevation137.04m
Time and Duration
Local Date & Time2020-08-18 21:46 EDT
UT Date & Time2020-08-19 01:46 UT
Duration≈7.5s
Direction
Moving directionFrom up left to down right
Descent Angle131°
Moving
Facing azimuth340°
First azimuth340°
First elevation63°
Last azimuth350°
Last elevation19°
Brightness and color
Stellar Magnitude-10
ColorGreen, Orange, Yellow
Concurrent Sound
ObservationNo
Remarks-
Delayed Sound
ObservationNo
Remarks-
Persistent train
ObservationNo
Duration-
Length-
Remarks-
Terminal flash
ObservationNo
Remarks-
Fragmentation
ObservationYes
Remarksthree instances of apparent shedding of mass, each accompanied by slightly increased intensity