Reports Report 5618bj (Event 5618-2018)

Name Steve M
Experience Level 2/5
Remarks Exceptionally bright - enough to immediately draw my attention while driving. Because I was in a car I didn't hear anything but I observed a couple of purple emerging from a house to look at the plunge, so there may have been sound.
Address Berkeley, CA
Latitude 37° 52' 40.41'' N (37.877891°)
Longitude 122° 16' 24.1'' W (-122.273361°)
Elevation 60.985748m
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 196°
Facing azimuth 256.12°
First azimuth 260.37°
First elevation 35°
Last azimuth 258.97°
Last elevation 20°
Brightness and color
Stellar Magnitude -18
Color White
Concurrent Sound
Observation Unknown
Remarks -
Delayed Sound
Observation Unknown
Remarks -
Persistent train
Observation Yes
Duration 99s
Length 10°
Remarks Glowing, persisted for at least 10 minutes. Initially straight, gradually distorted but did not dissipate - even after several minutes the train was roughly the same dimensions, just twisted.
Terminal flash
Observation Yes
Remarks Very brief, bright white flash immediately followed by a glowing train of smoke
Observation No
Remarks -