Reports Report 451ej (Event 451-2015)

Name Chris S
Experience Level 3/5
Remarks The speed of the body was surreal, slower (and redder and bigger but not brighter) than any other fireball I've seen. Also the fact that it stretched from the far southern horizon all the way to the N-NW horizon toward Canada.
Address Helena, Mt
Latitude 46° 39' 19.7'' N (46.655471°)
Longitude 112° 2' 37.01'' W (-112.043615°)
Elevation 1145.883301m
Time and Duration
Local Date & Time 2015-02-23 22:55 MST
UT Date & Time 2015-02-24 05:55 UT
Duration ≈20s
Moving direction From up left to down right
Descent Angle 91°
Facing azimuth 269.81°
First azimuth 180°
First elevation 30°
Last azimuth 339.07°
Last elevation 15°
Brightness and color
Stellar Magnitude -5
Color Orange, Yellow, Light Yellow, Red, Brown
Concurrent Sound
Observation Yes
Remarks It sounded like faint crackling coming from the direction of the relatively slow moving object
Delayed Sound
Observation No
Remarks -
Persistent train
Observation Yes
Duration 5s
Length 20°
Remarks the train was composed of many hundreds (thousands?) of discrete but subtle individual streaks; 'blobs' of brighter material was falling from the main body
Terminal flash
Observation No
Remarks -
Observation Yes
Remarks streaking and fragmentation seemed to be related; again, many smaller blobs of brighter (brighter than the train, but not the main body) material were falling off slowly