Reports Report 791a (Event 791-2017)

Name Adam C
Experience Level 3/5
Remarks Initial elevation above horizon and duration were estimates based on the observation of the object made in a moving vehicle. I feel the elevation above horizon is accurate and it was based on the assumption that the width of my hand at arm's length covers about 10 degrees so I estimated that the object path covered about 3 hand widths plus or minus. The object disappeared behind some trees along the street and it wasn't possible to determine whether it persisted from our vantage point. Clouds were obscuring all stars and the moon (if it would be visible at this local time) was not visible. The object was clearly visible as multiple, 2-4 pieces as it fell. Since we were in a moving vehicle we did not hear or feel anything that we could tie to the observation so this is just a visual sighting report. I estimate the duration to be about 3 seconds tops. Though I am a casual observer of meteors, stars, planets, etc. I have been lucky to be able to see several bolides over the last 20 years due to spending a lot of time on the roads driving at night. I feel that this one would have been one of the best ever with no clouds and likely would have lit up the neighborhood.
Address Weatherford, TX
Latitude 32° 44' 32.54'' N (32.742373°)
Longitude 97° 47' 3.63'' W (-97.784342°)
Elevation 326.935m
Time and Duration
Local Date & Time 2017-02-26 20:56 CST
UT Date & Time 2017-02-27 02:56 UT
Duration ≈3.5s
Moving direction From up left to down right
Descent Angle 149°
Facing azimuth 272.55°
First azimuth 261.37°
First elevation 34°
Last azimuth 276.3°
Last elevation
Brightness and color
Stellar Magnitude -13
Color Green, Light Green
Concurrent Sound
Observation No
Remarks -
Delayed Sound
Observation No
Remarks -
Persistent train
Observation No
Duration -
Length -
Remarks -
Terminal flash
Observation No
Remarks -
Observation Yes
Remarks Object was in at least two pieces and was bright enough to be seen clearly through cloud cover. It had rained 40 minutes earlier and there were persistent low clouds covering the region. Object appeared through the clouds as a green trail with a bright green source and brightened as it fell disappearing behind some trees along the road just above the horizon.