Reports Report 381az (Event 381-2015)

Name Erika H
Experience Level 1/5
Remarks I had just gotten on the highway heading south early this morning around 4:50am. I first saw the entire sky light up in front of me, assuming it was lightning, and it lasted a second or two. I looked left out my drivers side window and then saw the fireball. I didn't want to describe it as a shooting star because it was huge! It was a ball of light with a tail that appeared to be twisting as it fell. It faded out as I was watching. What an amazing sight!
Address New Castle, PA
Latitude 41° 0' 40.06'' N (41.011127°)
Longitude 80° 23' 33.11'' W (-80.39253°)
Elevation 346.120483m
Time and Duration
Local Date & Time 2015-02-17 04:50 EST
UT Date & Time 2015-02-17 09:50 UT
Duration ≈3.5s
Moving direction From up right to down left
Descent Angle 266°
Facing azimuth 161.53°
First azimuth 100.01°
First elevation 26°
Last azimuth 57.52°
Last elevation 15°
Brightness and color
Stellar Magnitude -22
Color Light Yellow, White
Concurrent Sound
Observation No
Remarks -
Delayed Sound
Observation No
Remarks -
Persistent train
Observation Yes
Duration 2s
Length 50°
Remarks The train was glowing and appeared to be twisting, and twinkled like a sparkler. It lasted a couple seconds then faded out.
Terminal flash
Observation Yes
Remarks The flash was the first thing I saw. It lit up the entire sky in front of me (I thought it was lightning somewhere nearby). It lasted a second or 2.
Observation Unknown
Remarks -