Reports Report 721b (Event 721-2020)

This report has been linked to the following event: Event 721-2020
NameRobert D
Experience Level3/5
RemarksI have never seen anything like this before. Initially, I thought it was a firework but the way it moved was not artificial like a rocket or firework. It was extremely slow moving (another reason I initially thought it more likely to be a firework) but had a consistent flickering glow and a tail behind it. Then a large, glowing, yellowish white ball that seemed to quickly ignite, burn for a second or two and then just disappeared. It is a full moon tonight (as I’m sure you know) and my eyes were adjusted, as I had been walking on the beach for an hour before it happened and I had no flashlight and had not looked at my cellphone while walking. It wasn’t as bright as the full moon but it was 100% one of the brightest things i have seen in the sky. I often stargaze and walk very late at night, but again, have not seen something like this before. It was not as bright as a half moon, but it was much brighter than any star I have ever seen. I’d compare it to a regular star such as Sirius or Polaris being a poppy seed and this thing I saw being a large grape or marble. I only stumbled across this website and reporting method after trying to research what I had seen. Please contact me with any questions. I’d be happy to answer any of them, also, thank you for the information on your website explaining what I had seen.
AddressHilton Head Island, SC
Latitude32° 11' 55.5'' N (32.2°)
Longitude 80° 41' 24.14'' W (-80.69°)
Time and Duration
Local Date & Time2020-02-08 01:10 EST
UT Date & Time2020-02-08 06:10 UT
Moving directionFrom down left to up right
Descent Angle57°
Facing azimuth45.36°
First azimuth46.2°
First elevation40°
Last azimuth47.07°
Last elevation40°
Brightness and color
Stellar Magnitude-10
ColorOrange, Light Yellow
Concurrent Sound
Delayed Sound
Persistent train
Terminal flash
RemarksAt first I questioned what I was initially seeing, it appeared like a firework but so far in the distance and large and above the ocean I don’t think it’s possible. It steadily glowed with a flickering light then a large bright circle and then disappeared.