Reports Report 5618fx (Event 5618-2018)

This report has been linked to the following event: Event 5618-2018
Observer
NameBrian N
Experience Level2/5
RemarksMyself and 3 other people watched this more than 20 seconds at least ... to us appeared to be a SpaceX launch .., as it looked to be aimed and possibly traveling toward space^ straight up.. it seemed unbelievably bright and big to be all the way in California .... but the object looked very much to be way past Phoenix and above and behind the farthest west mountains we could see ... I don’t know 100% that it was directly west, but I saw it 90% to the street and beyond the city... possibly a slightly bit south too ... We thought we just saw SpaceX launch and we all knew we were seeing something none of us had seen before... I called my roommates and my friend mike ran into the kitchen door hollering for the two waitresses to come out and see this amazing event/.... It seemed slow moving or almost still.... I drove off after maybe 20-30 seconds and my friends continued watching AND recording ? I’m calling them in the morning..., at least 4 of us were in awe at such a cool looking rocket .... definitely fire ball or rocket like with a tail trailing off from apparent flame, then smoke
Location
AddressGold Canyon, AZ
Latitude33° 21' 45.45'' N (33.36°)
Longitude 111° 27' 47.19'' W (-111.46°)
Elevation544.48m
Time and Duration
Local Date & Time2018-12-19 18:07 MST
UT Date & Time2018-12-20 01:07 UT
Duration≈20s
Direction
Moving directionFrom down right to up left
Descent Angle359°
Moving
Facing azimuth292.06°
First azimuth301.51°
First elevation24°
Last azimuth299.81°
Last elevation30°
Brightness and color
Stellar Magnitude-13
ColorLight Yellow
Concurrent Sound
ObservationNo
Remarks-
Delayed Sound
ObservationNo
Remarks-
Persistent train
ObservationYes
Duration20s
Length-
RemarksLight glowing like a rocket launch tail ... then smoke below that object aimed up the whole time making us believe it was SpaceX launch ... very similar appearance but clearly WAY far away west of Phoenix
Terminal flash
ObservationNo
Remarks-
Fragmentation
ObservationNo
Remarks-