Reports Report 980e (Event 980-2012)

This report has been linked to the following event: Event 980-2012
Observer
NameKent
Experience Level2/5
RemarksI'm not really sure that it was a fireball meteor that I saw, but I couldn't think what else it could be. If it were some leftover fireworks, the pre-dawn timing was very strange and it would have been close enough to hear a boom. I had been enjoying the planetary conjunction with the sliver of the young moon moments before in the east, then began driving west and saw this. No stars were visible at the time.
Location
AddressLeon, KS
Latitude37° 44' 14.5'' N (37.74°)
Longitude 96° 47' 15.59'' W (-96.79°)
Elevation-
Time and Duration
Local Date & Time2012-07-17 05:46 CDT
UT Date & Time2012-07-17 10:46 UT
Duration≈1.5s
Direction
Moving directionFrom up left to down right
Descent Angle135°
Moving
Facing azimuth267.03°
First azimuth268.44°
First elevation36°
Last azimuth271.49°
Last elevation11°
Brightness and color
Stellar Magnitude-5
Colorred with yellow core
Concurrent Sound
ObservationNo
Remarks-
Delayed Sound
ObservationNo
Remarks-
Persistent train
ObservationNo
Duration-1s
Length
Remarksglowing train
Terminal flash
ObservationYes
RemarksThe core became bright, then some splitting off kind of like fireworks happened, and the core dimmed for an instant, then flashed bright again before it disappeared. The splitting itself was very quick, and produced several short branches that continued in slightly divergent paths. Each of those trails disappeared very quickly, so it is difficult to give any more details.
Fragmentation
ObservationYes
Remarks-