Reports Report 5361bq (Event 5361-2017)

Name Lin E
Experience Level 3/5
Remarks I have witnessed the Perseid showers in August in Canada, but this was like something I have Never seen before! It was bright and low and had white-like smoke trailing from it as it fell to earth. We were looking to the west when it just appeared in our view. It was large, and we watched it for 2-3 seconds as it disappeared behind the San Jacinto mountains. We are in Palm Springs on a holiday.
Address Palm Springs, CA
Latitude 33° 49' 47.93'' N (33.82998°)
Longitude 116° 32' 39.15'' W (-116.544209°)
Elevation 145.516m
Time and Duration
Local Date & Time 2017-12-24 17:15 PST
UT Date & Time 2017-12-25 01:15 UT
Duration ≈3.5s
Moving direction From up left to down right
Descent Angle 127°
Facing azimuth 228.47°
First azimuth 227.37°
First elevation 58°
Last azimuth 238.49°
Last elevation 17°
Brightness and color
Stellar Magnitude -23
Color White
Concurrent Sound
Observation No
Remarks -
Delayed Sound
Observation No
Remarks -
Persistent train
Observation Yes
Duration 2s
Remarks It was a very bright white light with white-like smoke trailing behind. We watched it for 2 to 3 seconds and it disappeared behind the San Jacinto mountains. We were on our 2nd floor balcony looking west when it came falling into our view. We asked the people in the hot tub below us if they saw it, but they were looking the other way. It was an incredible sight.
Terminal flash
Observation Unknown
Remarks -
Observation No
Remarks -