Reports Report 1626q (Event 1626-2012)

This report has been linked to the following event: Event 1626-2012
Observer
NameKevin P
Experience Level3/5
RemarksWe were inside our home watching a movie, so we didn\'t hear anything. It was very bright, green/white head and blue/white tail. Disappeared behind the Sangre De Cristo mountain range to our west and was visually still going strong as it went behind the mountains. Thought it was an airplane at first, with bright landing lights, then realized it was a meteor or something falling from the sky. Looked like others I\'ve seen that have fragmented, so pretty sure it was a meteor. Given its height and brightness, it could have made it to impact the earth, depending upon distance from us. Very cool sight to see on New Year\'s Eve. Happy New Year with \"real\" fireworks!
Location
AddressWestcliffe, CO
Latitude38° 2' 3.48'' N (38.03°)
Longitude 105° 19' 28.39'' W (-105.32°)
Elevation-
Time and Duration
Local Date & Time2011-12-31 20:15 MST
UT Date & Time2012-01-01 03:15 UT
Duration≈3.5s
Direction
Moving directionFrom up to down
Descent Angle180°
Moving
Facing azimuth241.63°
First azimuth233.19°
First elevation39°
Last azimuth254.9°
Last elevation25°
Brightness and color
Stellar Magnitude-11
ColorGreen
Concurrent Sound
ObservationNo
Remarks-
Delayed Sound
ObservationNo
Remarks-
Persistent train
ObservationYes
Duration5s
Length12°
RemarksTrain was whitish blue, long at first, but dissipating slightly as it disappeared behind the mountains. It was very bright, and long lasting.
Terminal flash
ObservationNo
Remarks-
Fragmentation
ObservationNo
Remarks-