Reports Report 5538wk (Event 5538-2017)

Name Lorraine E
Experience Level 1/5
Remarks I was a passenger in a vehicle driving eastbound on the M1 at junction 47. I saw the green fireball with orange tail to my left moving very fast horizontally across the sky in a westbound direction. We were joining the exit slip road to leave the motorway at this time. We were driving in the opposite direction of travel to the fireball. It appeared to be very low in the sky, and as we exited the motorway to turn left, it looked as though we moved behind the fireball, so it was moving away from me. At this moment it appeared to fragment and disappear. I couldn't see the tail at this time.
Address Parlington, England (GB)
Latitude 53° 48' 22.98'' N (53.806384°)
Longitude 1° 22' 7.72'' W (-1.368812°)
Elevation 70.156403m
Time and Duration
Local Date & Time 2017-12-31 17:33 GMT
UT Date & Time 2017-12-31 17:33 UT
Duration ≈20s
Moving direction From right to left
Descent Angle 270°
Facing azimuth 51.29°
First azimuth 83.37°
First elevation 25°
Last azimuth 84.15°
Last elevation 20°
Brightness and color
Stellar Magnitude -13
Color Green with orange tail
Concurrent Sound
Observation No
Remarks -
Delayed Sound
Observation No
Remarks -
Persistent train
Observation No
Duration -
Length -
Remarks -
Terminal flash
Observation No
Remarks -
Observation Yes
Remarks The fireball appeared to split in two pieces, both glowing white, the glow then diminished and appeared more orange before disappearing.