Reports Report 5618cw (Event 5618-2018)

This report has been linked to the following event: Event 5618-2018
Observer
NameGerald I
Experience Level3/5
RemarksThat was really cool. I really though there had been an accident of a space vehicle of some kind. It was very far away I am sure. Likely over Northern CA.
Location
Address, OR
Latitude42° 7' 11.64'' N (42.12°)
Longitude 122° 3' 33.18'' W (-122.06°)
Elevation1185.59m
Time and Duration
Local Date & Time2018-12-19 17:32 PST
UT Date & Time2018-12-20 01:32 UT
Duration≈3.5s
Direction
Moving directionFrom down right to up left
Descent Angle338°
Moving
Facing azimuth196.51°
First azimuth194.99°
First elevation28°
Last azimuth180.97°
Last elevation27°
Brightness and color
Stellar Magnitude-6
ColorGreen, White
Concurrent Sound
ObservationNo
Remarks-
Delayed Sound
ObservationNo
Remarks-
Persistent train
ObservationYes
Duration99.99s
Length
RemarksI saw the train first, it was bright white and very thick. I thought likely a satellite had fallen from orbit. Then it exploded in green and looked like a Christmas ornament. It just lingered there and began misshaping like a contrail. Then I went behind mountains. It was there for the 5-7 minutes I was driving.
Terminal flash
ObservationYes
RemarksIt looked like a green star Christmas ornament. tall above and below short on the sides. Not pointed arms though, they were rounded. Happened very quickly.
Fragmentation
ObservationNo
Remarks-