Reports Report 229al (Event 229-2018)

This report has been linked to the following event: Event 229-2018
Observer
NameVincent M
Experience Level1/5
RemarksAlthough I have no experience actively observing the skies, this was an experience I have never observed in the skies before. I love staring into the skies (but again have little knowledge outside of basic star formations), and have never seen anything with the properties of this “fireball” I saw. I have seen shooting stars and watched moon cycles before in my life, but have yet to see anything like this.
Location
AddressBartlett, IL
Latitude42° 2' 43.56'' N (42.05°)
Longitude 88° 11' 38.7'' W (-88.19°)
Elevation235.64m
Time and Duration
Local Date & Time2018-01-18 19:10 CST
UT Date & Time2018-01-19 01:10 UT
Duration≈3.5s
Direction
Moving directionFrom up left to down right
Descent Angle129°
Moving
Facing azimuth250°
First azimuth250°
First elevation55°
Last azimuth260°
Last elevation35°
Brightness and color
Stellar Magnitude-5
ColorLight Yellow
Concurrent Sound
ObservationNo
Remarks-
Delayed Sound
ObservationNo
Remarks-
Persistent train
ObservationYes
Duration4s
Length15°
RemarksIt reminded me of a fireworks trail AFTER it explodes and it gently falls. But this “tail” did not fall as a firework would and did not last near as long as the embers of a dying firework, and I am this certain it was nothing like that.
Terminal flash
ObservationUnknown
Remarks-
Fragmentation
ObservationYes
RemarksIt reminded me of a fireworks trail AFTER it explodes and it gently falls. But this “tail” did not fall as a firework would and did not last near as long as the embers of a dying firework, and I am this certain it was nothing like that.