Reports Report 5618eb (Event 5618-2018)

Name Vicky O
Experience Level 1/5
Remarks It occured in the direction that we were looking at while waiting for a rocket to appear from Vandenburg Airforce Base. That's probably the only reason that we saw it occur. So we were looking towards Malibu from the Beach in Hermosa Beach. Other people around us saw it and wondered if they had missed the rocket, but the rocket never did take off and this meteor occurance was about 5 minutes prior to the anticipated rocket launch.
Address Hermosa Beach, CA
Latitude 33° 51' 17.52'' N (33.854867°)
Longitude 118° 24' 2.8'' W (-118.400777°)
Elevation 1.765616m
Time and Duration
Local Date & Time 2018-12-19 17:37 PST
UT Date & Time 2018-12-20 01:37 UT
Duration ≈1.5s
Moving direction From down left to up right
Descent Angle 24°
Facing azimuth -
First azimuth 313.48°
First elevation 63°
Last azimuth 314.53°
Last elevation 21°
Brightness and color
Stellar Magnitude -20
Color Yellow, but the sun had just set and was still illuminating part of the horizon
Concurrent Sound
Observation No
Remarks -
Delayed Sound
Observation No
Remarks -
Persistent train
Observation Yes
Duration 99.99s
Length 10°
Remarks Glowing train that looked like it moved in the wind like some contrails do. It stayed illuminated for at least 10 minutes
Terminal flash
Observation No
Remarks -
Observation No
Remarks -