Reports Report 3788b (Event 3788-2019)

This report has been linked to the following event: Event 3788-2019
Observer
NameMeena R
Experience Level1/5
RemarksTotally not sure if what we saw was a flare that might have looked like a meteor, or a real meteor.
Location
AddressSan Jose, CA
Latitude37° 16' 42.24'' N (37.28°)
Longitude 121° 44' 46.54'' W (-121.75°)
Elevation196.87m
Time and Duration
Local Date & Time2019-08-14 05:40 PDT
UT Date & Time2019-08-14 12:40 UT
Duration≈3.5s
Direction
Moving directionFrom up left to down right
Descent Angle94°
Moving
Facing azimuth275.6°
First azimuth-
First elevation41°
Last azimuth-
Last elevation45°
Brightness and color
Stellar Magnitude-26
ColorYellow
Concurrent Sound
ObservationNo
Remarks-
Delayed Sound
ObservationNo
Remarks-
Persistent train
ObservationNo
Duration-
Length-
Remarks-
Terminal flash
ObservationYes
RemarksIt was at first a bright light that as it came closer had a well defined bright tail behind the large bright circle. There was a space between the bright large circle and the elongated tail behind it. It was yellow but to our eyes seemed to have a bit of a fringe at the back of the circle in front of the tail. It went at a shallow angle from our right to left as we saw it, rather slowly, and then just seemed to disintegrate in a poof. We thought someone had let out a flare of some kind. But figured it could have been a meteor. It did seem very unusually low in the sky and lasted for longer than the shooting stars we have seen before. Seemed to die quite close to where we were standing on the road.
Fragmentation
ObservationYes
RemarksIt just seemed to break up into pieces with a sudden flash, with perhaps black smoky stuff....not sure though as the breaking up happened rather fast compared to its journey in the sky.