Reports Report 4286i (Event 4286-2020)

This report has been linked to the following event: Event 4286-2020
Observer
NameJohn I
Experience Level2/5
RemarksVery very cool experience. I’m sorry I’m not able to be more specific. I wish I was ready for that to happen, it was so surprising. I think if it was quiet or if we were listening closer we would have heard sound coming from the flash. There was also both fireworks and lighting far off in the distances so it was hard. I hope to experience that again!
Location
AddressNewburyport, MA
Latitude42° 48' 55.42'' N (42.82°)
Longitude 70° 48' 17.2'' W (-70.8°)
Elevation-1.34m
Time and Duration
Local Date & Time2020-08-09 22:00 EDT
UT Date & Time2020-08-10 02:00 UT
Duration≈7.5s
Direction
Moving directionFrom up left to down right
Descent Angle98°
Moving
Facing azimuth90°
First azimuth290°
First elevation73°
Last azimuth90°
Last elevation20°
Brightness and color
Stellar Magnitude-7
ColorOrange, Yellow
Concurrent Sound
ObservationUnknown
Remarks-
Delayed Sound
ObservationUnknown
Remarks-
Persistent train
ObservationUnknown
Duration-
Length-
Remarks-
Terminal flash
ObservationYes
RemarksIt seemed to blow up and break apart. The pieces looked to have flaming trails of their own.
Fragmentation
ObservationYes
RemarksThere was a flash and I’m guessing but I saw on the order of 6-8 fragments spring from the explosion. It looked like flames trailing, unlike what I had ever seen with a shooting star (smooth trail). Hard to say if there was any sound because we were on the ocean on a rock jetty with waves making noise. If there was sound, it wasn’t loud enough to be memorable.