Reports Report 4582bb (Event 4582-2017)

Name Don M
Experience Level 1/5
Remarks I at first thought it was an aircraft but it was moving too fast to possibly be an aircraft. I asked my wife, “What’s that? It’s moving too fast to be an airplane.” It then began to elongate and broke into three distinct smaller fireballs. First one I’ve ever seen! Pretty cool indeed!!👍
Address Powhatan, VA
Latitude 37° 29' 43.09'' N (37.495302°)
Longitude 77° 50' 3.13'' W (-77.834202°)
Elevation 115.188m
Time and Duration
Local Date & Time 2017-11-24 17:45 EST
UT Date & Time 2017-11-24 22:45 UT
Duration ≈3.5s
Moving direction From left to right
Descent Angle 90°
Facing azimuth 156.77°
First azimuth 151.24°
First elevation 29°
Last azimuth 178.04°
Last elevation 28°
Brightness and color
Stellar Magnitude -25
Color Greenish-yellow
Concurrent Sound
Observation No
Remarks -
Delayed Sound
Observation No
Remarks -
Persistent train
Observation No
Duration -
Length -
Remarks -
Terminal flash
Observation Yes
Remarks -
Observation Yes
Remarks The fireball elongated then separated into three smaller fireballs then “winked out” about a second after splitting.