Reports Report 1077aj (Event 1077-2018)

This report has been linked to the following event: Event 1077-2018
Observer
NameJudy B
Experience Level2/5
RemarksIf I held a softball in my hand and extended my hand to arm's length, the softball would be the size of the fireball. To me it was huge. I thought my husband had turned on his "super duty" flashlight he was holding as our entire driveway, including us in our lawn chairs, lit up. Like a spot light was shining on us. We looked up to see this miraculous object in the sky travelling from right to left (south to north) and relatively low in the horizon. We've never seen a fireball so big and bright and it was stunning. I asked the next day if anyone else had seen it and no one did. I wrote down what I saw and just today (16 days after the fact) discovered this site where such things are reported.
Location
AddressMission, TX
Latitude26° 15' 4.36'' N (26.25°)
Longitude 98° 24' 44.14'' W (-98.41°)
Elevation55.38m
Time and Duration
Local Date & Time2018-03-19 20:15 CDT
UT Date & Time2018-03-20 01:15 UT
Duration≈3.5s
Direction
Moving directionFrom down right to up left
Descent Angle274°
Moving
Facing azimuth38°
First azimuth50°
First elevation30°
Last azimuth35°
Last elevation30°
Brightness and color
Stellar Magnitude-16
ColorWhite
Concurrent Sound
ObservationNo
Remarks-
Delayed Sound
ObservationNo
Remarks-
Persistent train
ObservationNo
Duration-
Length-
RemarksThere was no change in the white streak behind the fireball until the ball exploded and it all died out.
Terminal flash
ObservationYes
RemarksIt just seemed to explode with little "sparks" or fragments flying from, and all around, the ball.
Fragmentation
ObservationYes
RemarksThe flash surprised me and I wasn't ready for it but as I recall, the ball seemed to explode with fragments flying from it. In an instant, it was completely gone.