Reports Report 638bd (Event 638-2015)

Name Jacob N
Experience Level 3/5
Remarks I was driving in car with windows up, therefore no sound was heard, at first thought it was plane with landing lights until I saw flames, then it took a few seconds to make up my mind it was a meteor and not a plane on fire. I stopped my car at intersection to watch, it grew fainter until it slowly disappeared from site. I did not see it explode, it still seemed to be well above the ground when I lost site of it.
Address Englewood, CO
Latitude 39° 34' 54.3'' N (39.581751°)
Longitude 104° 53' 8.16'' W (-104.885599°)
Elevation 1770.662964m
Time and Duration
Local Date & Time 2015-03-11 05:57 MDT
UT Date & Time 2015-03-11 11:57 UT
Duration ≈20s
Moving direction From up left to down right
Descent Angle 94°
Facing azimuth 0.84°
First azimuth 44.51°
First elevation 25°
Last azimuth 285.52°
Last elevation 15°
Brightness and color
Stellar Magnitude -7
Color White, like airplane landing lights (I thought it was an airplane at first from Jeffco Airport), with orange tail and sparks (length ~15 x size of object)
Concurrent Sound
Observation Unknown
Remarks -
Delayed Sound
Observation Unknown
Remarks -
Persistent train
Observation No
Duration -
Length -
Remarks -
Terminal flash
Observation No
Remarks -
Observation Yes
Remarks The orange tail had small bits falling off the end of the tail, but these would disappear quickly once detached from tail, pieces were very small (1/10th size of bright object)