Reports Report 5361cp (Event 5361-2017)

This report has been linked to the following event: Event 5361-2017
NameEdna K
Experience Level1/5
RemarksI happened to just get on the freeway and there were other cars ahead of me but not a lot of traffic. I could tell that some drivers ahead of me also saw it since they seemed to slow down - since I had just gotten on the freeway, I was not going too fast. It caught the peripheral vision of my left eye and I quickly focused both eyes on it and was at first amazed then realized it was a meteor. I seemed to detect that the tail - prior to the ball lighting up - seemed to wave a bit as if it were a flame which made me realize it was a meteor and not an aircraft or something else. It started out as a green color (when I also observed the tail waving a bit like a flame), then moved into the different color stages I indicated. It was beautiful and I felt fortunate to witness this. This is my second fire ball sighting. I saw one several years ago during the summer months while walking my dog which I also reported on this sight. At that time, I clearly saw the yellow and orange flames of the tail waving as it flew and it seemed that I could even hear it fly by. With this sighting, since i was in my car, there was no way to tell if there was a sound. Thank you for making it easy to making a sighting report.
AddressGlendale, CA
Latitude34° 9' 44.24'' N (34.16°)
Longitude 118° 17' 38.81'' W (-118.29°)
Time and Duration
Local Date & Time2017-12-24 17:15 PST
UT Date & Time2017-12-25 01:15 UT
Moving directionFrom down left to up right
Descent Angle82°
Facing azimuth143.54°
First azimuth107.85°
First elevation53°
Last azimuth150.91°
Last elevation38°
Brightness and color
Stellar Magnitude-22
ColorGreen, Light Green, Yellow, Light Yellow, White
Concurrent Sound
Delayed Sound
Persistent train
RemarksThere was still distant light in the sky to the southwest from the sunset and it appeared that the train was a white (smoke) color - very thin.
Terminal flash
RemarksNo fragmentation but it lit up very bright (like a white flash) and became a bit larger - round and glowing - and then quickly vanished and left a train of smoke.