Reports Report 3955z (Event 3955-2017)

Name Jeremy V
Experience Level 4/5
Remarks My girlfriend saw it while we were out in our hot tub, it was a clear cool night for the first time in a few stormy weeks. We saw some small meteors the twenty minutes leading up to this mother of all shooting stats. My back was turned to this particular meteor but My girlfriend saw it and shouted it out excitedly, after about one second I turned around and saw what started as a small trail of light which lit up into flames and eventually exploded after a steady buildup of flame and fire... The sun had just set an hour or so before and was reflecting off of the moon very brightly, the light of the meteor was extremely bright, but very far away I would imagine because it didn't travel far in our view and there was no noise.
Address Blaine, WA
Latitude 48° 58' 30.95'' N (48.975265°)
Longitude 122° 44' 13.41'' W (-122.737058°)
Elevation 3.596m
Time and Duration
Local Date & Time 2017-10-24 19:45 PDT
UT Date & Time 2017-10-25 02:45 UT
Duration ≈3.5s
Moving direction From up left to down right
Descent Angle 122°
Facing azimuth 270.55°
First azimuth 245.87°
First elevation 15°
Last azimuth 273.31°
Last elevation
Brightness and color
Stellar Magnitude -16
Color Orange, Yellow, Light Yellow
Concurrent Sound
Observation No
Remarks -
Delayed Sound
Observation No
Remarks -
Persistent train
Observation Unknown
Duration -
Length -
Remarks -
Terminal flash
Observation Yes
Remarks After a few seconds it exploded outward in light and debris. Absolutely silent while doing so.
Observation Yes
Remarks A half to one full second of apparent debris shooting outward.