Reports Report 4782es (Event 4782-2021)

This report has been linked to the following event: Event 4782-2021
Observer
NameJohn M
Experience Level3/5
RemarksI am 83 & this was the fatest & brightest streak I've ever observed by far, plus the only one where it's tip broke into pieces. I was driving NE per my car's compass, near the 35 mile marker on I-275. As an old SEL pilot, I estimate this streak was 15 to 20 degrees above the horizon going left to right & declining at about 4 to 5 degrees. The pieces that broke off the tip remained close together for 1/3 second & then all light vanished. I estimate the entire streak lasted about 1 1/2 seconds which is about 3 times as long as most "shooting stars" I recall. I suspect that some material from it probable contacted the ground.
Location
Address-
Latitude39° 13' 54.27'' N (39.23°)
Longitude 84° 37' 51.43'' W (-84.63°)
Elevation259.55m
Time and Duration
Local Date & Time2021-08-14 23:00 EDT
UT Date & Time2021-08-15 03:00 UT
Duration≈1.5s
Direction
Moving directionFrom up left to down right
Descent Angle95°
Moving
Facing azimuth39.45°
First azimuth34.1°
First elevation20°
Last azimuth46.8°
Last elevation17°
Brightness and color
Stellar Magnitude-7
ColorWhite
Concurrent Sound
ObservationNo
Remarks-
Delayed Sound
ObservationNo
Remarks-
Persistent train
ObservationNo
Duration-
Length-
Remarks-
Terminal flash
ObservationNo
Remarks-
Fragmentation
ObservationYes
RemarksThe leading tip broke into 3 or 4 pieces just before it vanished