Reports Report 3171a (Event 3171-2017)

Name Alex W
Experience Level 2/5
Remarks This fireball was almost hovering in the sky for at least 10 seconds before I started recording it. It moved extremely slowly and was VERY bright red.
Address San Diego, CA
Latitude 32° 45' 28.99'' N (32.758052°)
Longitude 117° 6' 42.76'' W (-117.111879°)
Elevation 117.581m
Time and Duration
Local Date & Time 2017-09-11 04:55 PDT
UT Date & Time 2017-09-11 11:55 UT
Duration ≈20s
Moving direction From up right to down left
Descent Angle 239°
Facing azimuth 279.95°
First azimuth 308.48°
First elevation 37°
Last azimuth 280°
Last elevation
Brightness and color
Stellar Magnitude -20
Color Red
Concurrent Sound
Observation No
Remarks -
Delayed Sound
Observation No
Remarks -
Persistent train
Observation Yes
Duration 60s
Length 30°
Remarks The smoke train was irregular (not a straight line) and hovered in the air for at least 60 seconds. It may have been there even longer but I had started Googling what I had just witnessed, so I had stopped paying attention to the smoke after about 60 seconds.
Terminal flash
Observation No
Remarks -
Observation Yes
Remarks The fireball didn't really get brighter as it neared the horizon, but it did appear to split into two. At that point, it began to travel much faster and disappeared behind some trees. Before the point that it split in two, the fireball traveled very slowly, almost hovering.