Reports Report 325ak (Event 325-2020)

This report has been linked to the following event: Event 325-2020
Observer
NameGail S
Experience Level3/5
RemarksI was lying on my sofa when something caught my eye just before midnight, Jan. 16, 2020. I was looking out towards my back porch up in the sky facing west. Something big just streaked across the sky! It was like a big ball of fire with a tail. It went horizontally. It was not a plane or a helicopter, it made no noise and had no blinking lights. It was very close! It did not fall or burn up, it just kept moving horizontally across the sky! Others must have seen this! It was awesome!! I have NO idea what it was! It looked like a comet or even a plane on fire. It had a trail because it was moving and the ball was on fire leaving the streak behind. It kept on it's path and went out of my view behind the trees. I notified the local news. ABC7, in Sarasota, Florida.
Location
AddressSarasota, FL
Latitude27° 14' 57.35'' N (27.25°)
Longitude 82° 29' 56.85'' W (-82.5°)
Elevation4.56m
Time and Duration
Local Date & Time2020-01-16 23:58 EST
UT Date & Time2020-01-17 04:58 UT
Duration≈20s
Direction
Moving directionFrom left to right
Descent Angle90°
Moving
Facing azimuth273.43°
First azimuth270.13°
First elevation15°
Last azimuth299.49°
Last elevation15°
Brightness and color
Stellar Magnitude-18
ColorOrange, Yellow
Concurrent Sound
ObservationNo
Remarks-
Delayed Sound
ObservationNo
Remarks-
Persistent train
ObservationNo
Duration-
Length-
Remarks-
Terminal flash
ObservationNo
Remarks-
Fragmentation
ObservationNo
Remarks-