Report To ELPALLSKY-Fragmenting Green Colorado Meteor Fireball Around 9:30 p.m. MDT 18AUG2011
Email From:Christine B.-Merino, CO At 10:17 p.m. MDT:
I just saw a Green fireball in western sky from merino Colorado about 45 minutes ago. It was moving left to right almost horizontally until it dipped towards the ground and burned out. It was visible for 2-3 seconds, unlike the meteors we had been watching tonight, which where lightning speed white streaks. The green fireball was large, well defined and appeared to be a double ball. The tail was long and thick. thanks Christine! OTHERS??
Alicia J.-Boulder, CO:
I was in Boulder, Colorado at Settler's park and I saw something falling from the sky on August 18, 2011. It was about 8:15 pm and I was looking north when i saw A large yellow mass fall from the sky. It had a blueish tint around it with a long green tail. It lasted about 5 seconds and disappeared behind the mountains. It was awesome. thank you Alicia!
Robert W.-Erie, CO:
I had the honor of witnessing this meteor as well. Evening of August 18, 2011 about ~ 8:15 pm. While sitting in my living room next to a large western facing window I noticed the sky light up. A second or so later the meteor became visible as it fell into my view as it traveled within the frame of my window. The meteor had a green tail as it fragmented. I tried to use my iphone compass to get an idea of direction. It does not seem to be very accurate as the readings change +/- 15 degrees. According to the iphone compass my windows faces ~270 degrees West and the meteor was traveling ~315 degrees north. good report! Thanks Robert.
Sandy B.-Colorado Springs, CO:
On August 18, 2011, about 8 pm, my daughter and I were driving north on I 25 in Colorado Springs. As we approached the Fillmore exit, we both saw a very large bright neon green fireball which suddenly appeared barely to the west of the freeway and a bit to the north. Understanding it is difficult to judge distance or size of something in the night sky, it appeared to be about one exit north of us. It appeared suddenly in view from about the middle of the windshield falling straight down. in about 1 second the light was gone before reaching ground. At the point of the windshield, it looked to be about 2 or 3 inches in diameter.
We were on vacation from Texas and were only in Colorado Springs that night so we were not able to ask around in Colorada Springs to find others who had seen it. I called one of the local tv stations speaking to the news manager who looked in the computer records for that day and found no reports of this sighting. I am so curious if anyone else happened to be looking in the right direction to have seen this. It was so huge in the night sky, it could not have been missed. congratulations on your sighting Sandy! Thank you for your report.
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