Reports Report 3837bg (Event 3837-2017)

Name Dan V
Experience Level 3/5
Remarks I was driving in my car, and coming around the traffic circle, and I saw the fireball as I was about halfway through the circle to my exit... It was very brief but I happened to be looking at just the right direction and so could not miss above the trees/buildings that were directly in front of me/my car. I asked if anyone else saw it on Facebook but nobody has so far.
Address Portsmouth, NH
Latitude 43° 4' 21.52'' N (43.072645°)
Longitude 70° 46' 53.95'' W (-70.781653°)
Elevation 8.39m
Time and Duration
Local Date & Time 2017-10-18 15:01 EDT
UT Date & Time 2017-10-18 19:01 UT
Duration ≈3.5s
Moving direction From up left to down right
Descent Angle 96°
Facing azimuth 162.98°
First azimuth 157.64°
First elevation 21°
Last azimuth 168.04°
Last elevation 17°
Brightness and color
Stellar Magnitude -10
Color Light Blue, Light Yellow, White
Concurrent Sound
Observation No
Remarks -
Delayed Sound
Observation No
Remarks -
Persistent train
Observation Yes
Duration 1s
Remarks Very short glowing train that turned to smoke trail then disappeared. Appeared as if it broke up into several pieces.
Terminal flash
Observation Yes
Remarks Slightly more intense than initially when I saw it, sort of like a "flaring up" right before it disappeared.
Observation Yes
Remarks Appeared as if several smaller pieces broke off the underside of it and trailed behind.