Reports Report 971s (Event 971-2018)

This report has been linked to the following event: Event 971-2018
Observer
NameKeith T
Experience Level3/5
RemarksI was driving at the time and was merging with traffic having just gotten on I-35. There was a semi just in front of me and I noticed the fireball above and to the right slightly of the van type trailer. Mind you it was 3:30 in the afternoon on a sunny day so I was surprised to see something this bright moving very fast. At first I thought it might be space junk from the China space station but the angle of decent was too steep for that and duration wasn't long enough. My passenger was looking else where and I said look at the meteor but by that time it was finished.
Location
AddressGainesville, TX
Latitude33° 38' 29.63'' N (33.64°)
Longitude 97° 9' 23.34'' W (-97.16°)
Elevation235.84m
Time and Duration
Local Date & Time2018-03-13 15:30 CDT
UT Date & Time2018-03-13 20:30 UT
Duration≈3.5s
Direction
Moving directionFrom up left to down right
Descent Angle160°
Moving
Facing azimuth360°
First azimuth360°
First elevation30°
Last azimuth360°
Last elevation20°
Brightness and color
Stellar Magnitude-20
ColorWhite
Concurrent Sound
ObservationNo
Remarks-
Delayed Sound
ObservationNo
Remarks-
Persistent train
ObservationYes
Duration2s
Length10°
RemarksGlowing train that came to a point from the direction of travel.
Terminal flash
ObservationNo
Remarks-
Fragmentation
ObservationYes
RemarksIt happened quickly but it seemed to sparkle like a firework sparkler.