Reports Report 5618cw (Event 5618-2018)

Name Gerald I
Experience Level 3/5
Remarks That was really cool. I really though there had been an accident of a space vehicle of some kind. It was very far away I am sure. Likely over Northern CA.
Address , OR
Latitude 42° 7' 11.64'' N (42.119901°)
Longitude 122° 3' 33.18'' W (-122.059216°)
Elevation 1185.588257m
Time and Duration
Local Date & Time 2018-12-19 17:32 PST
UT Date & Time 2018-12-20 01:32 UT
Duration ≈3.5s
Moving direction From down right to up left
Descent Angle 338°
Facing azimuth 196.51°
First azimuth 194.99°
First elevation 28°
Last azimuth 180.97°
Last elevation 27°
Brightness and color
Stellar Magnitude -6
Color Green, White
Concurrent Sound
Observation No
Remarks -
Delayed Sound
Observation No
Remarks -
Persistent train
Observation Yes
Duration 99.99s
Remarks I saw the train first, it was bright white and very thick. I thought likely a satellite had fallen from orbit. Then it exploded in green and looked like a Christmas ornament. It just lingered there and began misshaping like a contrail. Then I went behind mountains. It was there for the 5-7 minutes I was driving.
Terminal flash
Observation Yes
Remarks It looked like a green star Christmas ornament. tall above and below short on the sides. Not pointed arms though, they were rounded. Happened very quickly.
Observation No
Remarks -