Reports Report 5814ck (Event 5814-2019)

This report has been linked to the following event: Event 5814-2019
Observer
NameKenneth B
Experience Level3/5
RemarksFor many years my wife and I would often go out during the height of the August meteor showers from many different vantage points depending on where we were at the time...Erie, Pennsylvania, Chicago or Ithac, NY. Always fun, often not sure if we actually saw what we thought we saw but when a good one was seen by both of us (not that often...) it was always a treat. The fireball I saw today was not in that category....I was driving, it was just at dusk only darker than normal due to a cloud cover in the west. I was headed east along a very straight and open section of I-87 with light traffic. The fireball occurred directly in front of me. It was not a streak across the sky but rather started streaking as bright as lightning at the point I could see through my windshield at the top edge and almost perfectly straight down toward the horizon bursting into a fireball about 3/4 of the way down before disappearing just above the horizon. It caused me to exclaim "Holy Crap...did you see that" to my wife in the passenger seat...who, alas, had her eyes closed. But she knew by my reaction that I had seen something truly spectacular!
Location
AddressRichmondville, NY
Latitude42° 38' 16.3'' N (42.64°)
Longitude 74° 33' 20.65'' W (-74.56°)
Elevation318.85m
Time and Duration
Local Date & Time2019-11-22 17:20 EST
UT Date & Time2019-11-22 22:20 UT
Duration≈3.5s
Direction
Moving directionFrom down left to up right
Descent Angle
Moving
Facing azimuth65°
First azimuth65°
First elevation50°
Last azimuth65°
Last elevation22°
Brightness and color
Stellar Magnitude-20
ColorOrange, Red
Concurrent Sound
ObservationNo
Remarks-
Delayed Sound
ObservationNo
Remarks-
Persistent train
ObservationNo
Duration-
Length-
Remarks-
Terminal flash
ObservationYes
RemarksStarted as a straight streak vertically almost straight down, thought it was lightning at first then about 3/4 of the way down it burst into a very large, bright fireball about half the size of a full moon then it just disappeared
Fragmentation
ObservationNo
Remarks-