Reports Report 5105e (Event 5105-2016)

This report has been linked to the following event: Event 5105-2016
NameAllen R
Experience Level2/5
RemarksIt was larger than any shooting star I've seen, lasted a few seconds. In high school we'd watch on a summers evening on the ledge just outside of Fond du Lac for shooting stars from time to time. Those were always much higher up, darn near right above us and smaller in comparison to what we saw yesterday. This was from left to right as we were heading along I 41 South etc...nearer Hwy N. It was interesting, we saw some other lights pop up here and there after, almost a sparkle, but when we pulled off by the stretch the lights of North Fond du Lac and Fond du Lac were far to bright to see anything. Timewise it was about 9:15pm because we went to the free movie that showed at the EAA in the Skycape Theater "The Dam Busters", when the movie ended we walked to the car, it was freezing, I remember checking the time and it was a little after 9:00pm. So I'm estimating about 15 minutes to the point we saw it. Hope this helps. It was obvious enough that both my wife and I saw it. It was sort of exciting. I know it says not to mention other lights, but shortly after I saw what looked like small star like things again blinking in, then out (not planes, I've been an EAA member for years), only thing I could think of was cloud cover moving in front of stars and sort of gave an on off effect or sparkle effect, that was shortly after the big shooting star/meteor etc... That was quite neat too, but by the time I got to the stretch to pull off to look, the lights from the village of North Fond du Lac and the city of Fond du Lac screwed up what we were looking at.
AddressVan Dyne, WI
Latitude43° 50' 5.66'' N (43.83°)
Longitude 88° 32' 45.96'' W (-88.55°)
Time and Duration
Local Date & Time2016-12-13 21:15 CST
UT Date & Time2016-12-14 03:15 UT
Moving directionFrom up left to down right
Descent Angle106°
Facing azimuth131.09°
First azimuth125.94°
First elevation37°
Last azimuth135.84°
Last elevation30°
Brightness and color
Stellar Magnitude-18
ColorYellow & White
Concurrent Sound
Delayed Sound
Persistent train
RemarksIt looked like an oversized shooting star about halfway up the horizon, over the city from left to right, sort of an arcing trail. I've seen shooting stars up on the ledge and those in comparison were tiny and far away. This was very noticeable, lasted only a few seconds, had a glowing trail with what looked like sparks or little fire sparks/balls off of it. It was quite neat, my wife mentioned it was a "Kiss from Leo" our baby boy that passed away last year. We both saw it, I asked my wife, "Did you see that?". That's when she replied as she did etc... We saw it just outside of Fond du Lac heading South on I41 near Hwy N.
Terminal flash