Reports Report 8063g (Event 8063-2020)

This report has been linked to the following event: Event 8063-2020
Observer
NameRoberta T
Experience Level2/5
RemarksWhile driving down the interstate heading home towards Cascade the bright light in the sky to my right hand side definitely caught my eye this was one of the longest and brightest fireballs I have gotten to witness in my lifetime. For this reasoning I was intrigued to see how many other people witnessed it and discovered this website of astronomical viewing events. The fragmentation as it entered the atmosphere was amazingly clear and getting to see such a site was pretty cool.
Location
AddressCascade, MT
Latitude47° 20' 15.42'' N (47.34°)
Longitude 111° 37' 40.35'' W (-111.63°)
Elevation1025.48m
Time and Duration
Local Date & Time2020-12-23 21:00 MST
UT Date & Time2020-12-24 04:00 UT
Duration≈3.5s
Direction
Moving directionFrom up left to down right
Descent Angle118°
Moving
Facing azimuth220°
First azimuth250°
First elevation40°
Last azimuth300°
Last elevation20°
Brightness and color
Stellar Magnitude-10
ColorLight yellow faded to bright red then just black
Concurrent Sound
ObservationUnknown
Remarks-
Delayed Sound
ObservationUnknown
Remarks-
Persistent train
ObservationYes
Duration2s
Length20°
RemarksThe train got wider and brighter as the fire ball came closer to the horizon.
Terminal flash
ObservationYes
RemarksWhen the fire ball was at it’s brightest before it disappeared there was a bright flash of red and wide fragmentation that spread outward as it disappeared. You could definitely see the explosion of pieces behind the fireball.
Fragmentation
ObservationYes
RemarksThe fragmentation itself, was hundreds of little red dots almost like a firework going off behind the fireball it was bright red and flashy in color.