Reports Report 5361cp (Event 5361-2017)

Name Edna K
Experience Level 1/5
Remarks I happened to just get on the freeway and there were other cars ahead of me but not a lot of traffic. I could tell that some drivers ahead of me also saw it since they seemed to slow down - since I had just gotten on the freeway, I was not going too fast. It caught the peripheral vision of my left eye and I quickly focused both eyes on it and was at first amazed then realized it was a meteor. I seemed to detect that the tail - prior to the ball lighting up - seemed to wave a bit as if it were a flame which made me realize it was a meteor and not an aircraft or something else. It started out as a green color (when I also observed the tail waving a bit like a flame), then moved into the different color stages I indicated. It was beautiful and I felt fortunate to witness this. This is my second fire ball sighting. I saw one several years ago during the summer months while walking my dog which I also reported on this sight. At that time, I clearly saw the yellow and orange flames of the tail waving as it flew and it seemed that I could even hear it fly by. With this sighting, since i was in my car, there was no way to tell if there was a sound. Thank you for making it easy to making a sighting report.
Address Glendale, CA
Latitude 34° 9' 44.24'' N (34.162289°)
Longitude 118° 17' 38.81'' W (-118.294115°)
Elevation 152.428m
Time and Duration
Local Date & Time 2017-12-24 17:15 PST
UT Date & Time 2017-12-25 01:15 UT
Duration ≈7.5s
Moving direction From down left to up right
Descent Angle 82°
Facing azimuth 143.54°
First azimuth 107.85°
First elevation 53°
Last azimuth 150.91°
Last elevation 38°
Brightness and color
Stellar Magnitude -22
Color Green, Light Green, Yellow, Light Yellow, White
Concurrent Sound
Observation No
Remarks -
Delayed Sound
Observation No
Remarks -
Persistent train
Observation Yes
Duration 2s
Remarks There was still distant light in the sky to the southwest from the sunset and it appeared that the train was a white (smoke) color - very thin.
Terminal flash
Observation Yes
Remarks No fragmentation but it lit up very bright (like a white flash) and became a bit larger - round and glowing - and then quickly vanished and left a train of smoke.
Observation Unknown
Remarks -