(meteorobs) Fireball Report Feb. 25, 2004, Fort Collins, CO (fwd)

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From:    NAMN Fireball Reports <namn@atmob.org>
Cc:      biergoat@peakpeak.com
Subject: Fireball Report Feb. 25, 2004, Fort Collins, CO
Date:    Thu, 26 Feb 2004 11:44:40 -0500 (EST)


Your Name? Jeff Biegert

Your Town/State/Country? Fort Collins, CO, USA

Date and Time? Feb. 25, 2004

What compass direction did the fireball appear from? South

What compass direction did the fireball DISAPPEAR from? Southwest

How long, in seconds, were you able to see it in the sky? 2.5

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? 10

How bright did it appear?
Like a star, Venus, the Moon, or the setting Sun?
  brighter then the moon

Did it have any color(s)? red, yellow, blue, green

Did it appear to fall apart as it went by? What did that look like?
  trail with spots, pieces breaking off

Did it leave a persistent streak in the sky after it was gone?
How long did that last?

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?
  crackling, no delay

What is the closest Town/State to where you saw the fireball?
  Fort Collins, CO

Please put any additional remarks, sketches, drawings, etc. below:
  The event started due south at approx. 35 degrees elevation and traveled 
slowly south /
southwest, below the moon and Venus. From my location, it looked as if it could 
have arrived
in Rocky mountain National Park. It's magnitude seemed almost 2 times that of 
the crescent moon. The head of the
meteor was red with some yellow, green and blue tailing behind along with a
spotted train. The size is estimated at about 1/8 to 1/4 diameter of the moon, 
definitely the largest and brightest I have ever seen.
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