Reports Report 5618ey (Event 5618-2018)

This report has been linked to the following event: Event 5618-2018
Observer
NameMike L
Experience Level1/5
RemarksI was driving on the freeway and rush hour traffic was slow (stop and go or slow), I was able to see the initial fireball and trail, the actual explosion, and the dissipation/distortion of the remaining contrail
Location
AddressSacramento, CA
Latitude38° 35' 23.08'' N (38.59°)
Longitude 121° 17' 20.82'' W (-121.29°)
Elevation31.08m
Time and Duration
Local Date & Time2018-12-19 17:33 PST
UT Date & Time2018-12-20 01:33 UT
Duration≈3.5s
Direction
Moving directionFrom up right to down left
Descent Angle234°
Moving
Facing azimuth235°
First azimuth235°
First elevation79°
Last azimuth235°
Last elevation55°
Brightness and color
Stellar Magnitude-20
ColorLight Yellow, White
Concurrent Sound
ObservationNo
Remarks-
Delayed Sound
ObservationNo
Remarks-
Persistent train
ObservationYes
Duration20s
Length
Remarksbright white contrail accented by predominantly dark sky, after the meteor exploded the contrail changed shape over time from straight to wiggly shaped
Terminal flash
ObservationYes
RemarksLike a perfectly spherical firework, it was medium yellow in color with black at the center
Fragmentation
ObservationUnknown
Remarks-