Reports Report 3638azz (Event 3638-2014)

This report has been linked to the following event: Event 3638-2014
Observer
NameScott C
Experience Level3/5
Remarkswe watch the skys with interest, mostly during the perseid meteor shower. i've seen many shooting stars over the years. BY FAR, THIS WAS THE MOST AMAZING THING I'VE EVER SEEN! I had just stepped out onto my back deck and looked toward the east sky- the meteor appeared instantly and was as bright white. It was the largest & most clearly visible shooting star i've witnessed- it literally stopped me in my tracks! i was astonished as it moved from north to south across the sky for about 5-7 seconds. It broke up into several pieces and then faded away. I was also very struck by how low on the horizon it appeared to be. So happy I witnessed this and I'm even happier to read about how many other people & areas saw this meteor. I tried to explain to my family how incredible it was, but having it make headlines helps give them some sense of what I saw!
Location
AddressCastleton, VT
Latitude43° 35' 52.02'' N (43.6°)
Longitude 73° 10' 52.73'' W (-73.18°)
Elevation147.67m
Time and Duration
Local Date & Time2014-12-29 18:30 EST
UT Date & Time2014-12-29 23:30 UT
Duration≈7.5s
Direction
Moving directionFrom up left to down right
Descent Angle135°
Moving
Facing azimuth144.77°
First azimuth82.51°
First elevation32°
Last azimuth260.24°
Last elevation22°
Brightness and color
Stellar Magnitude-13
ColorWhite
Concurrent Sound
ObservationNo
Remarks-
Delayed Sound
ObservationYes
Remarksapprx several minutes after the sighting, i heard what sounded like small fragments of pebbles hitting our roof. there was no weather asscociated to the sound (raindrops, ice, etc). it may not have been related to the meteor but i did hear the distinct sound of a very few pebbles hitting the roof.
Persistent train
ObservationYes
Duration5s
Length-
Remarksextremely bright white, very long train, lasted 5-7 seconds on the eastern sky in a what appeared to be a significant downward angle.
Terminal flash
ObservationYes
Remarksit appeared with a flash in the east sky, streaked extremely bright white and appeared to break into several peices before fading out
Fragmentation
ObservationYes
Remarksin the last 2-3 seconds it appeared to break up into several pieces and faded out with a brief orange glow