Reports Report 5618cp (Event 5618-2018)

This report has been linked to the following event: Event 5618-2018
Observer
NameLynda E
Experience Level2/5
RemarksThe horizon from my perspective was high above 0 degrees (it was the mountains looking west from Reno) so I was unable to see where it terminated. I was driving west on I-80 just west of the I-80/580 junction. The very bright fireball appeared in my view at the top of my windshield and disappeared behind the mountain skyline. The train was the same color as the fireball.
Location
AddressReno, NV
Latitude39° 32' 11.41'' N (39.54°)
Longitude 119° 48' 1.5'' W (-119.8°)
Elevation1368.06m
Time and Duration
Local Date & Time2018-12-19 17:34 PST
UT Date & Time2018-12-20 01:34 UT
Duration≈1.5s
Direction
Moving directionFrom up right to down left
Descent Angle191°
Moving
Facing azimuth247.72°
First azimuth250.02°
First elevation30°
Last azimuth247.8°
Last elevation20°
Brightness and color
Stellar Magnitude-13
ColorVery Light Blue, White
Concurrent Sound
ObservationNo
Remarks-
Delayed Sound
ObservationNo
Remarks-
Persistent train
ObservationYes
Duration99.99s
Length
RemarksAt first the train looked like a contrail was well-defined and bright, nearly vertical and glowing or luminous. As time passed it began to skew and widen but diffuse. It was bright and visible for at least 30 minutes.
Terminal flash
ObservationNo
Remarks-
Fragmentation
ObservationNo
Remarks-