Reports Report 4135g (Event 4135-2015)

This report has been linked to the following event: Event 4135-2015
Observer
NameHorace S
Experience Level5/5
RemarksThe meteor was seen while we were driving to the SE on I-96, with the result that the reported directions are likely to be less accurate than if we had observed while standing still. The meteor was first seen when it moved low enough in apparent altitude to be visible through the front windshield. It was already bright by that point in its course. It moved more slowly than the typical Perseid meteor, with which I am familiar.
Location
AddressPortland, MI
Latitude42° 49' 21.96'' N (42.82°)
Longitude 84° 49' 22.48'' W (-84.82°)
Elevation252.28m
Time and Duration
Local Date & Time2015-12-25 23:37 EST
UT Date & Time2015-12-26 04:37 UT
Duration≈3.5s
Direction
Moving directionFrom up to down
Descent Angle180°
Moving
Facing azimuth109.36°
First azimuth114.34°
First elevation40°
Last azimuth113°
Last elevation20°
Brightness and color
Stellar Magnitude-5
ColorLight Green
Concurrent Sound
ObservationNo
Remarks-
Delayed Sound
ObservationNo
Remarks-
Persistent train
ObservationNo
Duration-
Length-
Remarks-
Terminal flash
ObservationYes
RemarksThe meteor became greener and brighter toward the end of its course, ending in a brighter flash.
Fragmentation
ObservationYes
RemarksOnly at the terminal flash did we see very brief specks of light moving radially away from the center of the flash.