Reports Report 1626a (Event 1626-2012)

This report has been linked to the following event: Event 1626-2012
Observer
NameTrent M
Experience Level3/5
RemarksWas a perfect teardrop shape, with light blue center, whiter around the edges. I know distances are decieving with these, but compared to aircraft that fly over on approach to airport, it appeared to be 500 ft. or so above ground level. Initially could hear no sound as it approached from east/southeast but could hear a sizzling sound as it passed in front of our location. Shortly after passing, the sound diminished and it dimmed before breaking apart into 5-6 small pieces. Doubtfull will ever get to see one this stunning again. 6+ adults 15 kids all viewed.
Location
AddressSnowflake, AZ
Latitude34° 30' 14.95'' N (34.5°)
Longitude 110° 7' 54.49'' W (-110.13°)
Elevation-
Time and Duration
Local Date & Time2011-12-31 20:18 MST
UT Date & Time2012-01-01 03:18 UT
Duration≈7.5s
Direction
Moving directionFrom left to right
Descent Angle90°
Moving
Facing azimuth15.59°
First azimuth65.43°
First elevation30°
Last azimuth349.7°
Last elevation25°
Brightness and color
Stellar Magnitude-11
Colorlight blue/white
Concurrent Sound
ObservationYes
Remarks-
Delayed Sound
ObservationNo
Remarkssaw the ball approx 1-2 seconds before hearing a sizzling type sound as it traveled across the sky in front of us. Sound grew silent as passed. No boom or other sound as broke apart.
Persistent train
ObservationYes
Duration1.5s
Length1.5°
Remarkslight blue to white train immediately after the ball, leaving a small white trail that disappeared very quickly.
Terminal flash
ObservationYes
RemarksThe blue white ball began to turn orange/red then dimmed and broke apart leaving 5-6 light red pieces that fanned out and dimmed.
Fragmentation
ObservationYes
Remarks-