Reports Report 4924c (Event 4924-2017)

This report has been linked to the following event: Event 4924-2017
Observer
NameRoger P
Experience Level4/5
RemarksBest 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.
Location
AddressLucas, KS
Latitude39° 3' 47.42'' N (39.06°)
Longitude 98° 34' 20.18'' W (-98.57°)
Elevation456.95m
Time and Duration
Local Date & Time2017-12-05 18:20 CST
UT Date & Time2017-12-06 00:20 UT
Duration≈3.5s
Direction
Moving directionFrom up right to down left
Descent Angle184°
Moving
Facing azimuth89.43°
First azimuth33.7°
First elevation75°
Last azimuth95.46°
Last elevation20°
Brightness and color
Stellar Magnitude-18
ColorWhite
Concurrent Sound
ObservationNo
Remarks-
Delayed Sound
ObservationNo
Remarks-
Persistent train
ObservationYes
Duration1s
Length30°
RemarksGlowing train. Looked like it was head straight down instead of overhead to east. I was driving so no sound.
Terminal flash
ObservationYes
RemarksInitial 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.
Fragmentation
ObservationYes
RemarksBright 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.