Reports Report 381az (Event 381-2015)

This report has been linked to the following event: Event 381-2015
Observer
NameErika H
Experience Level1/5
RemarksI had just gotten on the highway heading south early this morning around 4:50am. I first saw the entire sky light up in front of me, assuming it was lightning, and it lasted a second or two. I looked left out my drivers side window and then saw the fireball. I didn't want to describe it as a shooting star because it was huge! It was a ball of light with a tail that appeared to be twisting as it fell. It faded out as I was watching. What an amazing sight!
Location
AddressNew Castle, PA
Latitude41° 0' 40.06'' N (41.01°)
Longitude 80° 23' 33.11'' W (-80.39°)
Elevation346.12m
Time and Duration
Local Date & Time2015-02-17 04:50 EST
UT Date & Time2015-02-17 09:50 UT
Duration≈3.5s
Direction
Moving directionFrom up right to down left
Descent Angle266°
Moving
Facing azimuth161.53°
First azimuth100.01°
First elevation26°
Last azimuth57.52°
Last elevation15°
Brightness and color
Stellar Magnitude-22
ColorLight Yellow, White
Concurrent Sound
ObservationNo
Remarks-
Delayed Sound
ObservationNo
Remarks-
Persistent train
ObservationYes
Duration2s
Length50°
RemarksThe train was glowing and appeared to be twisting, and twinkled like a sparkler. It lasted a couple seconds then faded out.
Terminal flash
ObservationYes
RemarksThe flash was the first thing I saw. It lit up the entire sky in front of me (I thought it was lightning somewhere nearby). It lasted a second or 2.
Fragmentation
ObservationUnknown
Remarks-