Reports Report 1882ds (Event 1882-2016)

This report has been linked to the following event: Event 1882-2016
NameJames K
Experience Level2/5
RemarksThis was the coolest thing I have ever seen in the night sky; and a little scary too!
AddressMaricopa, AZ
Latitude33° 2' 35.99'' N (33.04°)
Longitude 111° 57' 43.39'' W (-111.96°)
Time and Duration
Local Date & Time2016-06-02 03:57 MST
UT Date & Time2016-06-02 10:57 UT
Moving directionFrom up left to down right
Descent Angle94°
Facing azimuth47°
First azimuth45°
First elevation69°
Last azimuth49°
Last elevation32°
Brightness and color
Stellar Magnitude-25
ColorLight Green, White
Concurrent Sound
RemarksI was wearing earbuds and listening to a podcast, but I thought I heard a kind of rustling or crackling noise from above when the fireball started getting brighter
Delayed Sound
Persistent train
RemarksThis happened just before sunrise. The smoke or cloud trail could still be seen hanging in the still sky, slowly widening and dissipating for over an hour. It left a circular cloud, like a smoke ring, at what appeared to be the leading end of the trail formation. It is now about one hour and 15 minutes after the event, the sun is up, and the only cloud in the sky is the remains of the trail, which has spread out into what looks like a series of looping vapor trails or smoke rings. It looks very strange, like a demented skywriter has gone berserk.
Terminal flash
RemarksThe longer it was visible, the brighter it became. Started out like a typical shooting star streaking across the sky, but just kept getting bigger and brighter until it seemed like daytime for a second. It was so bright I was casting a shadow on the ground next to where I was standing from its light. There was a single brilliant point of greenish light at the front, but you could also see smaller points of light that seemed to be coming off the front (or falling very close to the front of it) but shining less brilliantly, right before it burned out.
RemarksIt was more like a rapidly moving point of light that grew brighter as it fell, before burning out completely, rather than a quick flash of light. You could track it from what looked like a tiny pinpoint of light with a glowing tail when it first appeared, to something that seemed as large as a pencil eraser a couple seconds later at its brightest point, right before it went dark. The light was so intense I looked away for a moment, and saw that I was casting a long shadow across the ground from the light the object was giving off.