Reports Report 971a (Event 971-2019)

This report has been linked to the following event: Event 971-2019
Observer
NameAmy P
Experience Level1/5
RemarksI was driving in my car on Fisher st facing 1a. I saw it almost directly in front of me, high, to my left field of vision and it was heading downward. There was a trail lit behind it, then it went dark, then just the ball (not the trail) lit up again before disappearing. A “fireball” is truly the only way to describe it. Maybe it was a shooting star but I’ve never seen anything like it.
Location
AddressWalpole, MA
Latitude42° 9' 52.44'' N (42.16°)
Longitude 71° 14' 12.66'' W (-71.24°)
Elevation53.83m
Time and Duration
Local Date & Time2019-02-28 18:39 EST
UT Date & Time2019-02-28 23:39 UT
Duration≈3.5s
Direction
Moving directionFrom up left to down right
Descent Angle108°
Moving
Facing azimuth166.85°
First azimuth104.61°
First elevation55°
Last azimuth128.87°
Last elevation30°
Brightness and color
Stellar Magnitude-21
ColorOrange maybe orangish. It was darker than a star but similar
Concurrent Sound
ObservationNo
Remarks-
Delayed Sound
ObservationNo
Remarks-
Persistent train
ObservationNo
Duration-
Length-
Remarks-
Terminal flash
ObservationUnknown
Remarks-
Fragmentation
ObservationUnknown
Remarks-