Reports Report 638fd (Event 638-2015)

Name David J
Experience Level 3/5
Remarks Approximately 5 minutes prior to maximum azimuth I saw a strikingly bright (brighter than a full moon) object in the east, flickering like a star. The object remained motionless for at least two minutes. I thought (somewhat whimsically) if it was a nova, I would hear about it on the news. I turned to the north and continued to walk for approximately two minutes when I saw the bolide cross the northern sky. I have seen a rocket re-enter that atmosphere and it had a similar behavior in that it started as bright stationary point of light then increased its angular velocity and broke apart into fragments after traversing an ~45 arc. If the object I saw on the horizon was the same object, the behavior was almost identical to the rocket re-entry. If you have the opportunity to reply, I would appreciate a confirmation of this observation.
Address Louisville, CO
Latitude 39° 59' 32.04'' N (39.992234°)
Longitude 105° 7' 21.97'' W (-105.12277°)
Elevation 1631.419434m
Time and Duration
Local Date & Time 2015-03-11 06:00 MDT
UT Date & Time 2015-03-11 12:00 UT
Duration >60s
Moving direction From right to left
Descent Angle 270°
Facing azimuth -
First azimuth 81.18°
First elevation
Last azimuth 286.49°
Last elevation 29°
Brightness and color
Stellar Magnitude -13
Color green at highest point, flashing white, red, green when near horizon
Concurrent Sound
Observation No
Remarks -
Delayed Sound
Observation No
Remarks -
Persistent train
Observation Yes
Duration 1s
Remarks The meteor emitted a short (.25 degree, 1/2 moon) burst of reddish fragments which disappeared in approximately 1 second or less
Terminal flash
Observation No
Remarks -
Observation Yes
Remarks The object dimmed, then glowed brightly again then vanished.