Reports Report 4582cx (Event 4582-2017)

Name Judith E
Experience Level 3/5
Remarks I was driving. It was dark and tbe sky was clear .Interstate 64 East meanders, changing direction locally so the bearings are approximate due to directional changes in the interstate . The location was near and before Jefferson Avenue. The brilliant elongated cone was moving very fast. It looked like a long horizontal V that trailed off at the back end with flashing bursts of sparks. I was going about 70mph. I, at first thought the light that drew my attention in the left corner of my windshield might be a plane but the light was being emitted and the brilliance and the huge size, shape and sparking display along the tail separated, and I knew it was not a plane or any vehicle.This led me to believe that I had witnessed some type of space dust. The only confusing part for me is that it was moving parallel to the ground. I thought meteors moved in an arc path?
Address Newport News, VA
Latitude 37° 1' 49.77'' N (37.030492°)
Longitude 76° 20' 17.53'' W (-76.338203°)
Elevation -
Time and Duration
Local Date & Time 2017-11-24 17:15 EST
UT Date & Time 2017-11-24 22:15 UT
Duration ≈3.5s
Moving direction From up left to down right
Descent Angle 91°
Facing azimuth 126.99°
First azimuth 130°
First elevation 30°
Last azimuth 158°
Last elevation 30°
Brightness and color
Stellar Magnitude -20
Color -
Concurrent Sound
Observation No
Remarks -
Delayed Sound
Observation Unknown
Remarks -
Persistent train
Observation Unknown
Duration -
Length -
Remarks -
Terminal flash
Observation Unknown
Remarks -
Observation Yes
Remarks It appeared to have a head. Elongated light fanned from the head. There were firework like sparks from the bottom of the tail. It's appearance was like an elingated cone. Head on the right, which was direction it was travelling and separation of tail at the end on left with sparking bursts that were short duration. Everything happened so fast as I was driving Eastbound Interstate 64 near Newport News. Saw it out of the left corner of my windsheild and it streaked across, seemingly parallel to the ground.