Reports Report 6444a (Event 6444-2019)

This report has been linked to the following event: Event 6444-2019
Observer
NameStephen G
Experience Level2/5
RemarksI can imagine it's hard for you in calculating the true path of meteors. I'll try to be more specific.It was just a ball. No debris trail of any sort. In fact, after thinking about it, I wrote it off to a piece of space junk skimming the atmosphere very high up.It was following the path of a St. Lawrence River tributary we have next to where we live. So, I would say the compass path the object was taking was from south to north, about 190 to 10 degrees, moving from New York into Canada. The final path would have been west of Montreal; from my perspective, that would put it about 80 miles west of the city.It lasted about 1 second, maybe 1.5 seconds, and it "disappeared" before it touched the horizon (from my perspective, about a thumb's thickness if held at arm's length). I don't feel I saw the start of this object, but only observed a portion of its trajectory when I lifted my head up (I was putting our dog on his leash). I was struck by the size of the object/ball. If you held a new pencil out at arm's length, it would have been the size of the eraser. I've never seen an object like this that was so large: they've all been tiny, pebble sized objects, faint lights in the distance.And it was bright. As white as can be.There was no sound as it passed by, but I was waiting for an impact sound (that never came). Like all objects that streak the skies, it looked a lot closer than it probably was.Hope this has been helpful.Regards.
Location
AddressWaddington, NY
Latitude44° 52' 21.24'' N (44.87°)
Longitude 75° 9' 48.98'' W (-75.16°)
Elevation78.6m
Time and Duration
Local Date & Time2019-12-11 21:05 EST
UT Date & Time2019-12-12 02:05 UT
Duration≈1.5s
Direction
Moving directionFrom up right to down left
Descent Angle261°
Moving
Facing azimuth40.06°
First azimuth35.15°
First elevation38°
Last azimuth355.75°
Last elevation11°
Brightness and color
Stellar Magnitude-28
ColorWhite
Concurrent Sound
ObservationNo
Remarks-
Delayed Sound
ObservationNo
Remarks-
Persistent train
ObservationNo
Duration-
Length-
Remarks-
Terminal flash
ObservationNo
Remarks-
Fragmentation
ObservationNo
Remarks-