Reports Report 5618ey (Event 5618-2018)

Name Mike L
Experience Level 1/5
Remarks I was driving on the freeway and rush hour traffic was slow (stop and go or slow), I was able to see the initial fireball and trail, the actual explosion, and the dissipation/distortion of the remaining contrail
Address Sacramento, CA
Latitude 38° 35' 23.08'' N (38.589744°)
Longitude 121° 17' 20.82'' W (-121.289117°)
Elevation 31.082798m
Time and Duration
Local Date & Time 2018-12-19 17:33 PST
UT Date & Time 2018-12-20 01:33 UT
Duration ≈3.5s
Moving direction From up right to down left
Descent Angle 234°
Facing azimuth 235°
First azimuth 235°
First elevation 79°
Last azimuth 235°
Last elevation 55°
Brightness and color
Stellar Magnitude -20
Color Light Yellow, White
Concurrent Sound
Observation No
Remarks -
Delayed Sound
Observation No
Remarks -
Persistent train
Observation Yes
Duration 20s
Remarks bright white contrail accented by predominantly dark sky, after the meteor exploded the contrail changed shape over time from straight to wiggly shaped
Terminal flash
Observation Yes
Remarks Like a perfectly spherical firework, it was medium yellow in color with black at the center
Observation Unknown
Remarks -