Reports Report 5618fa (Event 5618-2018)

Name Sharon S
Experience Level 1/5
Remarks I was waiting to see the rocket launch that was scheduled for 5:45pm at Vandenberg; so I was originally looking south; then I looked due west and noted the bright swirling in the sky and took the photo.
Address , CA
Latitude 38° 35' 35.52'' N (38.593201°)
Longitude 121° 51' 31.31'' W (-121.858696°)
Elevation 26.541222m
Time and Duration
Local Date & Time 2018-12-19 17:38 PST
UT Date & Time 2018-12-20 01:38 UT
Duration ≈45s
Moving direction From up right to down left
Descent Angle 250°
Facing azimuth 270°
First azimuth 270°
First elevation 40°
Last azimuth 270°
Last elevation 28°
Brightness and color
Stellar Magnitude -10
Color White
Concurrent Sound
Observation No
Remarks -
Delayed Sound
Observation No
Remarks -
Persistent train
Observation Yes
Duration 99.99s
Length -
Remarks The train appeared from top right and went diagonally down toward left side; the train became like a swirled corkscrew.
Terminal flash
Observation No
Remarks -
Observation No
Remarks -