Reports Report 5618av (Event 5618-2018)

Name Mary-Michael W
Experience Level 3/5
Remarks This was dramatic and significant and very clear. I thought i would hear reports about a meteor landing somewhere in SF or the ocean. Or, read about other reports of people who saw it. I've never seen anything so clear, and large- fast falling w/ a real comet-like trail behind it. Those around us sitting outside, all were impressed. Though it was past sunset, the sky was still light enough. I was sitting outside in Russian Hill area of SF, facing West. It was falling toward the South direction. I uploaded a photo that was taken about 2-3 minutes after it had fallen. Sorry i didn't take one earlier.
Address San Francisco, CA
Latitude 37° 47' 43.84'' N (37.795511°)
Longitude 122° 25' 6.63'' W (-122.418509°)
Elevation 67.531998m
Time and Duration
Local Date & Time 2018-12-19 17:35 PST
UT Date & Time 2018-12-20 01:35 UT
Duration ≈3.5s
Moving direction From up right to down left
Descent Angle 206°
Facing azimuth -
First azimuth -
First elevation 60°
Last azimuth 241.05°
Last elevation 60°
Brightness and color
Stellar Magnitude -18
Color Light Yellow, White
Concurrent Sound
Observation No
Remarks -
Delayed Sound
Observation No
Remarks -
Persistent train
Observation Yes
Duration 99.99s
Length -
Remarks This was a HUGE train of light. The straight trail lasting a minute. And it was white, and wide. I finally took a photo, two minutes later, and three minutes later. By that time, the trail had curved and no longer straight. But i was surprised that it lasted as long as it did, at least 5 minutes.
Terminal flash
Observation Unknown
Remarks -
Observation Unknown
Remarks -