Reports Report 5382j (Event 5382-2020)

This report has been linked to the following event: Event 5382-2020
NameRachel F
Experience Level3/5
RemarksThis meteor/fireball was the brightest event I have seen in the sky. It was slower and much much larger than most meteors I have seen. Usually when watching a meteor or meteor shower, all I see is a pale yellow or white streak of light that happens so fast you can almost not even see it. This fireball on the other hand was huge, orange and very bright. It initially left a yellow streak across the sky then erupted into an orange flash/explosion. After that it continued a little farther only to burst into a yellow starburst of light at the end of the trajectory that I witnessed. This occurred at twilight/evening, and the fact that I could see it so clearly at that hour as well as with a smokey atmosphere from local fires leads me to believe that it was probably even brighter than what I could see from my vantage point.Other than eclipses, this was the most exciting experience for me to witness. I think it is incredible I just happened to look up at the exact moment to see it.
AddressCamptonville, CA
Latitude39° 23' 41.26'' N (39.39°)
Longitude 121° 6' 1.05'' W (-121.1°)
Time and Duration
Local Date & Time2020-09-26 19:15 PDT
UT Date & Time2020-09-27 02:15 UT
Moving directionFrom down left to up right
Descent Angle73°
Facing azimuth38.13°
First azimuth27.32°
First elevation45°
Last azimuth28.44°
Last elevation53°
Brightness and color
Stellar Magnitude-22
ColorOrange, Yellow, Light Yellow, Red
Concurrent Sound
Delayed Sound
Persistent train
RemarksA glowing yellow train that lead to an orange explosion then a yellow flash of light at the end of the trajectory. Overall it had an orange/fiery glow to it.
Terminal flash
RemarksI saw a bright orange flash/explosion then another streak of yellow light leaving that and the final terminal explosion was a yellow and very bright flash of light.
RemarksAs it streaked by it left a trail of light as well as an orange fragmented explosion that then continued in a line to finally flash bright yellow at the end.