Reports Report 1561ahd (Event 1561-2019)

This report has been linked to the following event: Event 1561-2019
Observer
NameRick H
Experience Level4/5
RemarksThis was the most spectacular heavenly sighting I have ever experienced, and I have seen some amazing meteor showers in the past. This eclipsed them all! On my way to school (I'm a teacher) I saw this object streaking across the morning sky. I first thought, "Wow! What a treat, a random shooting star bright enough for me to see at early dawn. However, this was quickly looking a lot different! The head of the streaking object increased in its glowing brilliance!! It was so different from anything I had ever seen, so I kind of dismissed it as maybe a fast flying jet whose wing was catching the early sun at just the right angle to make this spectacular display. After it vanished near the horizon, I looked around and didn't see the sun, so I thought it must be just below the horizon but at an angle to catch the supposed plane's wing, and I thought the trailing streak was contrail. I am so thrilled to know it was not just a plane but an astronomical event!! Thank You, Lord!! What an unexpected treat!!
Location
AddressGreenville, SC
Latitude34° 52' 20.7'' N (34.87°)
Longitude 82° 28' 13.81'' W (-82.47°)
Elevation308.27m
Time and Duration
Local Date & Time2019-04-04 06:50 EDT
UT Date & Time2019-04-04 10:50 UT
Duration≈7.5s
Direction
Moving directionFrom up right to down left
Descent Angle258°
Moving
Facing azimuth96.79°
First azimuth103.8°
First elevation24°
Last azimuth71.36°
Last elevation12°
Brightness and color
Stellar Magnitude-18
ColorBlue, Green, White
Concurrent Sound
ObservationNo
Remarks-
Delayed Sound
ObservationNo
Remarks-
Persistent train
ObservationYes
Duration1s
Length20°
RemarksI saw a glowing train which dimmed quickly to a haze.
Terminal flash
ObservationNo
Remarks-
Fragmentation
ObservationNo
Remarks-