Reports Report 1992as (Event 1992-2016)

This report has been linked to the following event: Event 1992-2016
Observer
NameLinda W
Experience Level3/5
RemarksIt was not yet dark in DC, and this object was large and bright. It didn't look like a nighttime meteor (the "shooting star" type) or a distant airplane or satellite. It seemed bigger and more like a ball. I was driving and observed this through my windshield. I chose the "2-5 seconds" duration option but duration was at the short end of that -- 2-3 seconds probably. I found your brightness scale difficult to use and don't feel confident about my estimate of that, especially because the sky wasn't fully dark yet. I initially wondered if it could be a remnant of someone's firework but there were no others and no noise, and angle seemed too shallow.
Location
AddressWashington, DC
Latitude38° 54' 39.6'' N (38.91°)
Longitude 77° 0' 32.85'' W (-77.01°)
Elevation22.03m
Time and Duration
Local Date & Time2016-06-07 20:55 EDT
UT Date & Time2016-06-08 00:55 UT
Duration≈3.5s
Direction
Moving directionFrom up right to down left
Descent Angle248°
Moving
Facing azimuth180.17°
First azimuth180.56°
First elevation26°
Last azimuth131.22°
Last elevation16°
Brightness and color
Stellar Magnitude-7
ColorWhite
Concurrent Sound
ObservationNo
Remarks-
Delayed Sound
ObservationNo
Remarks-
Persistent train
ObservationUnknown
Duration-
Length-
Remarks-
Terminal flash
ObservationUnknown
Remarks-
Fragmentation
ObservationYes
RemarksTowards the end of its path the light seemed to split and stutter perhaps twice, then went dark. It looked a little like a piece of firework coming down and burning out but wasn't that.