Reports Report 929df (Event 929-2010)

This report has been linked to the following event: Event 929-2010
Observer
Namechris C
Experience Level1/5
RemarksI was traveling through Northampton, Mass. at approximately 6:48 pm when I noticed a fairly large fireball traveling at a moderately fast rate of speed. It was traveling southwest I think. I thought it was a plane or meteor. I found it strange at the size and speed of the object. It actually stunned me and I thought I was seeing things, but apparently I wasn’t. It lit up the sky in its vicinity and had flames in the rear of it.
Location
Addressware, MA
Latitude42° 20' 3.75'' N (42.33°)
Longitude 72° 37' 13.44'' W (-72.62°)
Elevation-
Time and Duration
Local Date & Time2010-12-28 18:48 EST
UT Date & Time2010-12-28 23:48 UT
Duration≈10s
Direction
Moving directionFrom left to right
Descent Angle90°
Moving
Facing azimuth225°
First azimuth246°
First elevation71°
Last azimuth23°
Last elevation74°
Brightness and color
Stellar Magnitude-13
Colorred, orange, yellow
Concurrent Sound
ObservationNo
Remarks-
Delayed Sound
ObservationNo
RemarksI had my music on in my car and the windows rolled up with the heat on.
Persistent train
ObservationNo
Duration8.5s
Length12°
RemarksThe train was nearly identical to flames being dragged like a burning log being thrown. I thought it was a plane plummeting in flames. It was indeed strange. The fireball\'s train was orange, yellow, and red.
Terminal flash
ObservationNo
Remarks-
Fragmentation
ObservationNo
Remarks-