(meteorobs) Fireball Report February 25, 2004, Seen from downtown Denver, Colorado (fwd)
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Subject: Fireball Report February 25, 2004, Seen from downtown Denver, Colorado
Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2004 23:11:30 -0500 (EST)
Your Name? Guy Clinger
Your Town/State/Country? Denver/Colorado/USA
Date and Time? February 25, 2004
What compass direction did the fireball appear from? ssw
What compass direction did the fireball DISAPPEAR from? sw
How long, in seconds, were you able to see it in the sky? 2
How many degrees off the horizon was it when it APPEARED?
(As a reference, a closed fist held at arm's length is
approximately 10 degrees.)
How many degrees off the horizon was it when it DISAPPEARED? 35
How bright did it appear?
Like a star, Venus, the Moon, or the setting Sun?
Did it have any color(s)? yellow/orange
Did it appear to fall apart as it went by? What did that look like?
The main fireball remained intact, but it had a trail of sparks and smoke
Did it leave a persistent streak in the sky after it was gone?
How long did that last?
Yes, several seconds. Smoke trail lasted at least 5 minutes.
How fast did it move? Use a 1 to 5 scale, 1 being
VERY slow, and 5 being extremely quick.
Did you hear a sound?
If yes, what was the time delay from sighting to sound?
What is the closest Town/State to where you saw the fireball?
Seen from downtown Denver, Colorado
Please put any additional remarks, sketches, drawings, etc. below:
I saw the fireball only for a second or two as it passed behind/between two
skyscrapers as I was walking south on Broadway between 18th and 17th North at
about 6:30 pm MST, just after dusk but before deep darkness. The fireball was
south-southwest of me, moving toward the west, disappeared from view behind a
building about soutwest from me, not too high in the sky. It moved slowly
enough to be surprising to me. It appeared brighter than the moon, seemed about
half the size of a full moon, and had a trail of sparks 4-6 times the diameter
of the fireball. I asked a man walking next to me if he had seen it and he had,
he seemed to have seen it longer than me and said that the front looked larger
than the rear. It had a bright trail of sparks, mainly yellow with a touch of
orange, trail seemed to linger a bit even after the main spark trail had passed.
I clearly saw a smoke trail lingering in its path for the next 5 minutes until I
entered a building. No sound.
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