Reports Report 3638aqr (Event 3638-2014)

This report has been linked to the following event: Event 3638-2014
Observer
NameNancy S
Experience Level2/5
RemarksThis was a beautiful sight to see on a clear night next to the ocean! I feel very lucky to have been able to see the meteor. I initially thought it was a shooting star until I saw the news reports of the meteor. So I am now interested in learning more about astronomy and observing. Hope this report helps in the study of meteors!
Location
AddressManasquan, NJ
Latitude40° 6' 13.77'' N (40.1°)
Longitude 74° 2' 4.9'' W (-74.03°)
Elevation4.3m
Time and Duration
Local Date & Time2014-12-29 18:30 EST
UT Date & Time2014-12-29 23:30 UT
Duration≈20s
Direction
Moving directionFrom right to left
Descent Angle270°
Moving
Facing azimuth5.16°
First azimuth46.28°
First elevation24°
Last azimuth24.56°
Last elevation24°
Brightness and color
Stellar Magnitude-16
ColorBegan as white and transitioned to yellow
Concurrent Sound
ObservationNo
Remarks-
Delayed Sound
ObservationNo
Remarks-
Persistent train
ObservationYes
Duration2s
Length20°
RemarksWhen I first spotted it, it was a thin, white stream of light like a shooting star (but much lower in the sky). As it continued "over" the sand, a bright white, then yellow ball (like a fireball) appeared. The fireball was much larger than the initial train of light. As the "fireball" extinguished, there were circles of light coming from it, as in a firework.
Terminal flash
ObservationUnknown
Remarks-
Fragmentation
ObservationYes
RemarksThe "fireball " extinguished into smaller balls of light.