Reports Report 1569aa (Event 1569-2020)

This report has been linked to the following event: Event 1569-2020
Observer
NameMatthew M
Experience Level3/5
RemarksThe time - It was between 9:30 and 10:15, with one other observer guessing 9:50 PM EST as the best guess as to "when" the fireball was sighted. We all apologize for not being able to have checked our phones for an exact time - our screens were intentionally left indoors.
Location
AddressStephens City, VA
Latitude39° 4' 57.02'' N (39.08°)
Longitude 78° 12' 18.62'' W (-78.21°)
Elevation235.11m
Time and Duration
Local Date & Time2020-04-02 21:50 EDT
UT Date & Time2020-04-03 01:50 UT
Duration≈7.5s
Direction
Moving directionFrom up right to down left
Descent Angle250°
Moving
Facing azimuth14.44°
First azimuth347.35°
First elevation31°
Last azimuth344.32°
Last elevation20°
Brightness and color
Stellar Magnitude-12
ColorPink, Blue, Light Blue, Yellow, White
Concurrent Sound
ObservationNo
Remarks-
Delayed Sound
ObservationNo
Remarks-
Persistent train
ObservationYes
Duration2s
Length15°
RemarksGlowing train: mostly blue, with a presence of white glowing debris. Glowing orange cinders remained after the "light show" was over, and these precipitated from the white trail left ramining, all after the solid blue streak. The primary train was at least 15 degrees, a conservative estimate. It may have been much brighter than the full moon, but an order of magnitude is difficult to determine with the naked eye amid a quarter moon and much suburban light pollution.
Terminal flash
ObservationYes
RemarksThe terminal flash included a pink halo around the bright blue core, with a concentric orange halo that was slightly smaller and slightly earlier, chronologically, than the end of terminal flash.
Fragmentation
ObservationYes
RemarksAside from the terminal flash, a long-lasting trail of bright blue and deep-bright blue light remained for the duration of the fireball. Cinders/orange-and-white burning matter were apparent; they fading to orange and then to nothing. The core of the meteor may have shimmered after burning out, too, just after the orange and pink rings/halos.