Reports Report 5512t (Event 5512-2017)

Name Kevin C
Experience Level 5/5
Remarks My brightness estimate here is a bit high - the meteor was probably more like -3 (not as bright as Venus) - some of the estimates I saw listed in the 'Pending Reports' were far too high. This was difficult to judge brightness as it happened in bright twilight with no other stars to compare it to. But it was nowhere near as bright as the moon as some are reporting. Note one of the members of my local astronomy club was lucky enough to catch this on his dashcam. I can put you in touch if you'd like to see it. I also encouraged him to file a report here.
Address , NJ
Latitude 40° 45' 18.93'' N (40.755257°)
Longitude 74° 11' 55.21'' W (-74.198669°)
Elevation 41.232m
Time and Duration
Local Date & Time 2017-12-29 17:22 EST
UT Date & Time 2017-12-29 22:22 UT
Duration ≈1.5s
Moving direction From up left to down right
Descent Angle 170°
Facing azimuth 305°
First azimuth 304°
First elevation 20°
Last azimuth 307°
Last elevation 15°
Brightness and color
Stellar Magnitude -4
Color White
Concurrent Sound
Observation No
Remarks -
Delayed Sound
Observation No
Remarks -
Persistent train
Observation Yes
Duration 2s
Remarks Straight narrow train which broke up as the meteor came down
Terminal flash
Observation No
Remarks -
Observation Yes
Remarks At the very end the meteor seems to fragment into small pieces; difficult to see as was driving at the time.