Reports Report 4916a (Event 4916-2017)

Name Matthew M
Experience Level 3/5
Remarks The fireball was brief, but its flash lit up the campground at Big Bend, even with the full moon shining. The timing at 6:30 is an approximation. I didn’t have a watch on me, but the time should be within 15 minutes of when the event occurred.
Address Big Bend National Park, TX
Latitude 29° 16' 32.38'' N (29.27566°)
Longitude 103° 18' 9.5'' W (-103.302639°)
Elevation 1564.567m
Time and Duration
Local Date & Time 2017-12-05 06:30 CST
UT Date & Time 2017-12-05 12:30 UT
Duration ≈1.5s
Moving direction From up left to down right
Descent Angle 166°
Facing azimuth 46.36°
First azimuth 51.69°
First elevation 60°
Last azimuth 72.06°
Last elevation 40°
Brightness and color
Stellar Magnitude -8
Color Blue, Orange, Yellow, Light Yellow, White
Concurrent Sound
Observation No
Remarks -
Delayed Sound
Observation No
Remarks -
Persistent train
Observation Yes
Duration 1s
Length 18°
Remarks The fireball left a glowing trail that shone brightly for around a second before quickly fading. The trail was extremely bright, even with the full moon out.
Terminal flash
Observation No
Remarks -
Observation No
Remarks -