Reports Report 1490r (Event 1490-2011)

This report has been linked to the following event: Event 1490-2011
Observer
NameDebbie
Experience Level1/5
RemarksMy husband was traveling south on I-55 at Pontiac IL when he witnessed the meteor out his window. He only got a quick glance at it. He was 45 - 50 miles away from us at the time. What was just a flash to him...was something we observed at much closer range.
Location
AddressDowns, IL
Latitude40° 26' 16.32'' N (40.44°)
Longitude 88° 56' 11.61'' W (-88.94°)
Elevation-
Time and Duration
Local Date & Time2011-12-07 22:32 CST
UT Date & Time2011-12-08 04:32 UT
Duration≈7.5s
Direction
Moving directionFrom up left to down right
Descent Angle135°
Moving
Facing azimuth123.35°
First azimuth122.96°
First elevation33°
Last azimuth123.94°
Last elevation30°
Brightness and color
Stellar Magnitude1
Colorwhite, yellow,
Concurrent Sound
ObservationNo
Remarks-
Delayed Sound
ObservationNo
RemarksWe were traveling about 55 mph on a cold night with the windows up. We did not hear anything.
Persistent train
ObservationNo
Duration-1s
Length30°
Remarkswhite, brilliant, some smoke, trailing like a falling star, only *much nearer. Object and trail seemed to disappear together. From our angle it was hard to see both so there could have been some trailing after.
Terminal flash
ObservationNo
Remarks-
Fragmentation
ObservationNo
Remarks-