Reports Report 4150k (Event 4150-2015)

This report has been linked to the following event: Event 4150-2015
Observer
NameWill N
Experience Level3/5
RemarksBy far the largest and one of the slowest and brightest meteors I've ever seen. The head seemed to actually have distinct brighter and darker parts and the first fragments were tear drop shaped rather than simply short lived flashes or sparks. Due to the brilliance, size, speed and nearly flat trajectory, I initially thought the object was the landing lights of a large aircraft.
Location
AddressCoronado, CA
Latitude32° 40' 42.73'' N (32.68°)
Longitude 117° 10' 38.58'' W (-117.18°)
Elevation4.48m
Time and Duration
Local Date & Time2015-12-26 17:30 PST
UT Date & Time2015-12-27 01:30 UT
Duration≈3.5s
Direction
Moving directionFrom up left to down right
Descent Angle166°
Moving
Facing azimuth169.04°
First azimuth169°
First elevation22°
Last azimuth171.17°
Last elevation21°
Brightness and color
Stellar Magnitude-18
ColorWhite
Concurrent Sound
ObservationNo
Remarks-
Delayed Sound
ObservationNo
Remarks-
Persistent train
ObservationNo
Duration-
Length-
Remarks-
Terminal flash
ObservationNo
Remarks-
Fragmentation
ObservationYes
RemarksThe fireball had a very broad head, almost like a handful of meteors were joined and moving slowly. As it streaked overhead and away, a series of fragments separated one after another from the "port" side of the meteor until the head suddenly fragmented completely into a handful of pieces that almost instantly disappeared.