Reports Report 6165a (Event 6165-2022)

This report has been linked to the following event: Event 6165-2022
NameEric F
Experience Level3/5
RemarksThis fireball was the first I've seen in person. It lasted 2 or 3 seconds and was much more dramatic than a simple meteor. I was in the Bowron Lakes Provincial park, a very dark area (the milky way was clearly visible), watching for satellites and meteors on the shore of Isaac lake, at the group campsite on the southeastern end of the lake (campsite 29). The time is approximate, though it was full dark. Sunset that night was at 8:19pm and everyone else had "called it a night." I was just walking back to my tent, alone, when I took one last look due East towards the lake. I had just put my foam earplugs in, prior to getting in the tent. I saw the fireball starting from almost overhead, in the clear and continuing behind a large pine tree, popping and flashing, until a final burst that appeared to be about 10 degrees above the mountainous horizon. About half of the fireball was observed through the branches of that pine tree. The "pops" /explosions were so bright they shone right through the branches. There were several. I consider myself very lucky to have witnessed the event. And in such a dark sky! Even through the tree, it was so stunning I just stood there in shock. I didn't think to remove my earplugs. The time delay for the sound to reach me would certainly have given me enough time to remove them, if there was something to be heard. If only I'd stayed at the lake a while longer! The only comparable experience in my lifetime was witnessing the long-burning reentry of a Russian booster rocket as it streaked across the sky in 1988, above Ann Arbor Michigan.
AddressQuesnel, British Columbia (CA)
Latitude53° 6' 23.53'' N (53.11°)
Longitude 120° 48' 15.02'' W (-120.8°)
Time and Duration
Local Date & Time2022-08-23 22:30 PDT
UT Date & Time2022-08-24 05:30 UT
Moving directionFrom up left to down right
Descent Angle179°
Facing azimuth270.64°
First azimuth268.07°
First elevation72°
Last azimuth270.25°
Last elevation23°
Brightness and color
Stellar Magnitude-16
ColorLight Blue, White
Concurrent Sound
Delayed Sound
Persistent train
Terminal flash
RemarksThere was a bright terminal "flash" after which the fireball disappeared. I didn't hear anything because I was camping, about to get into my tent, and already had foam earplugs in my ears. Alas!
RemarksThere were multiple "pops" and flashes- at least 3. It was remarkable. Much like videos of the Ottowa Aug 21st on this sight, but on a smaller, briefer scale. I didn't hear anything because I was camping, about to get into my tent, and already had foam earplugs in my ears. Alas!