Reports Report 1968a (Event 1968-2014)

This report has been linked to the following event: Event 1968-2014
NameLori R
Experience Level1/5
RemarksThe streak was very wide and came to a sudden end flash although it did not really appear to be an explosion. The entire stream was very short in length. It did not have a long tail.Here's the thing.... We are two photographers out shooting star trails & milky way shots. We have a photo of the fireball. One camera was pointing north and caught the fireball in the frame during a timed exposure. The other camera was pointing west and did not capture the fireball but captured another odd thing. The second camera was collecting 30 second images for a star trail image. During the exposure that the fireball occurred, there is a strange glow. At first I thought it was just reflected light from the fireball on atmospheric haze or something like that. However, over the next 3 - thirty second exposures, the glow continued to grow until it filled most of the sky. Of course, the fireball was long gone when those exposures were taken so it could not be reflected light. What's also odd is that the glow only shows up in the jpg versions of the image, not the raw versions. (My camera takes both types of images simultaneously) We are wondering if the fireball excited some kind of gas in the atmosphere or something? We are very curious. We are more than willing to submit our photos for your review but most of all would like to know the nature of what we captured. We're eager to hear back from you. :-DThanks so much!Lori
Address, KS
Latitude44° 56' 56.82'' N (44.95°)
Longitude 117° 57' 24.77'' W (-117.96°)
Time and Duration
Local Date & Time2014-08-25 04:45 PDT
UT Date & Time2014-08-25 11:45 UT
Moving directionFrom up to down
Descent Angle180°
Facing azimuth74.64°
First azimuth40.38°
First elevation44°
Last azimuth66.09°
Last elevation33°
Brightness and color
Stellar Magnitude-22
ColorLight Yellow
Concurrent Sound
Delayed Sound
Persistent train
RemarksIt was a smoke train, it was fairly short in length and very wide. It did not glow.
Terminal flash