Reports Report 454dq (Event 454-2017)

Name Mike B
Experience Level 4/5
Remarks I was looking at my garage, to the south, and it appeared that there were very bright headlights erratically flashing on it from behind me. I thought it was strange, how random and bright they were, and I turned around to see the fireball in the sky. It must have been luminescent for at least five seconds, possibly more, and it was the largest, brightest such object I've ever witnessed. My observation was generally limited because I only saw reflections on the garage at first, and then when I had turned around to see it, portions of its path were obscured by trees.
Address Northlake, IL
Latitude 41° 54' 13.79'' N (41.90383°)
Longitude 87° 53' 52.98'' W (-87.89805°)
Elevation 196.766m
Time and Duration
Local Date & Time 2017-02-06 01:25 CST
UT Date & Time 2017-02-06 07:25 UT
Duration ≈3.5s
Moving direction From up left to down right
Descent Angle 100°
Facing azimuth -
First azimuth 346.85°
First elevation 19°
Last azimuth 9.16°
Last elevation 19°
Brightness and color
Stellar Magnitude -12
Color Light Yellow, White
Concurrent Sound
Observation No
Remarks -
Delayed Sound
Observation Unknown
Remarks -
Persistent train
Observation Unknown
Duration 5s
Length -
Remarks -
Terminal flash
Observation Yes
Remarks It's hard to say, it was partially obscured by trees on and off while I saw it. I would say that it did get brighter though as it got to the end of where I could see it.
Observation No
Remarks -