Reports Report 5618cp (Event 5618-2018)

Name Lynda E
Experience Level 2/5
Remarks The horizon from my perspective was high above 0 degrees (it was the mountains looking west from Reno) so I was unable to see where it terminated. I was driving west on I-80 just west of the I-80/580 junction. The very bright fireball appeared in my view at the top of my windshield and disappeared behind the mountain skyline. The train was the same color as the fireball.
Address Reno, NV
Latitude 39° 32' 11.41'' N (39.536504°)
Longitude 119° 48' 1.5'' W (-119.800418°)
Elevation 1368.059692m
Time and Duration
Local Date & Time 2018-12-19 17:34 PST
UT Date & Time 2018-12-20 01:34 UT
Duration ≈1.5s
Moving direction From up right to down left
Descent Angle 191°
Facing azimuth 247.72°
First azimuth 250.02°
First elevation 30°
Last azimuth 247.8°
Last elevation 20°
Brightness and color
Stellar Magnitude -13
Color Very Light Blue, White
Concurrent Sound
Observation No
Remarks -
Delayed Sound
Observation No
Remarks -
Persistent train
Observation Yes
Duration 99.99s
Remarks At first the train looked like a contrail was well-defined and bright, nearly vertical and glowing or luminous. As time passed it began to skew and widen but diffuse. It was bright and visible for at least 30 minutes.
Terminal flash
Observation No
Remarks -
Observation No
Remarks -