Reports Report 4924c (Event 4924-2017)

Name Roger P
Experience Level 4/5
Remarks Best and brightest I've ever seen in my 50+ years of sky watching. Also weirdest trajectory. Appeared to be shooting ( more like falling ) straight down while driving & looking east over Lucas,KS. Very slow & long lasting, then just fell apart. Much like a Persied when dying out, but much bigger & brighter than any Persiad I've ever seen. I've lived in Western Kansas approximately 35 years. Never saw one like it before. I'd say it would have shown up in daylight, maybe half to 3/4 brightness of Russian Fireball.
Address Lucas, KS
Latitude 39° 3' 47.42'' N (39.063172°)
Longitude 98° 34' 20.18'' W (-98.572273°)
Elevation 456.945m
Time and Duration
Local Date & Time 2017-12-05 18:20 CST
UT Date & Time 2017-12-06 00:20 UT
Duration ≈3.5s
Moving direction From up right to down left
Descent Angle 184°
Facing azimuth 89.43°
First azimuth 33.7°
First elevation 75°
Last azimuth 95.46°
Last elevation 20°
Brightness and color
Stellar Magnitude -18
Color White
Concurrent Sound
Observation No
Remarks -
Delayed Sound
Observation No
Remarks -
Persistent train
Observation Yes
Duration 1s
Length 30°
Remarks Glowing train. Looked like it was head straight down instead of overhead to east. I was driving so no sound.
Terminal flash
Observation Yes
Remarks Initial flash. Slow falling white fireball. Terminal flash and fragmentation with brief glowing white trail. One of the best I've seen. I would say if I had stopped I may have been able to hear it.
Observation Yes
Remarks Bright white flash and disintrigrating ball falling apart like ashes from the end of a cigarette. Brief white glowing train with lesser flare up of approximately 1-2 seconds.