Reports Report 3861h (Event 3861-2017)

Name Nicholas K
Experience Level 3/5
Remarks I've seen many "shooting stars" before, but this was extremely bright and reached very close to the ground. I was on a cliff of a just a few hundred feet of elevation, and the meteor seemed to actually cross the horizon, and therefore got at least within a few hundred feet of the ground. It was shocking to see.
Address Los Angeles, CA
Latitude 33° 58' 12.42'' N (33.970118°)
Longitude 118° 25' 18.54'' W (-118.421817°)
Elevation 42.784m
Time and Duration
Local Date & Time 2017-10-19 01:15 PDT
UT Date & Time 2017-10-19 08:15 UT
Duration ≈3.5s
Moving direction From up left to down right
Descent Angle 154°
Facing azimuth 332.26°
First azimuth 323.16°
First elevation 39°
Last azimuth 329.31°
Last elevation
Brightness and color
Stellar Magnitude -10
Color Orange, Yellow, Light Yellow, White
Concurrent Sound
Observation No
Remarks -
Delayed Sound
Observation No
Remarks -
Persistent train
Observation Unknown
Duration -
Length -
Remarks -
Terminal flash
Observation No
Remarks -
Observation Yes
Remarks The ball of fire seemed to have slightly split off a few smaller burning pieces just before it burned out around or below the horizon.