Reports Report 5538vz (Event 5538-2017)

Name Steve S
Experience Level 3/5
Remarks I have seen maybe 4 or 5 fireballs over the UK; this was by far the brightest and longest-lasting that I've seen for a few years. Also was very bright considering the moon was bright enough to illuminate the darker parts of the M1 and the meteor appeared to come from the direction of the moon. Was bright enough to distract me whilst driving up the m1, even though it was to my right hand side.
Address Milton Keynes, England (GB)
Latitude 52° 5' 52.89'' N (52.098026°)
Longitude 0° 45' 47.5'' W (-0.763194°)
Elevation 79.126442m
Time and Duration
Local Date & Time 2017-12-31 17:30 GMT
UT Date & Time 2017-12-31 17:30 UT
Duration ≈20s
Moving direction From up right to down left
Descent Angle 260°
Facing azimuth 314.19°
First azimuth 64.08°
First elevation 50°
Last azimuth 315.64°
Last elevation 50°
Brightness and color
Stellar Magnitude -8
Color Light Green, white
Concurrent Sound
Observation No
Remarks -
Delayed Sound
Observation No
Remarks -
Persistent train
Observation Yes
Duration 5s
Length 20°
Remarks Glowing white tail, went from 'right side of sky to left', tail extended majority of this distance, meteor split into two toward the horizon and burned up.
Terminal flash
Observation No
Remarks -
Observation Yes
Remarks Briefly saw meteor split into two before burning up.