Reports Report 3408u (Event 3408-2020)

This report has been linked to the following event: Event 3408-2020
Observer
NameZachary S
Experience Level4/5
RemarksThis seems likely to have been a piece of Neowise to me, the trajectory seems consistent with that. It seemed to be directly overhead and is the closest I have ever been to a fireball. I would guess no more than 20 miles distant, but I haven't seen many close ones so it is hard for me to have a scale to compare it to. I was observing Jupiter and Saturn when I first saw the light form the fireball, so it may have started closer to 25 degrees or so but it took me a moment to turn my gaze from the telescope. The scale of the smoke trail was approximately a thumb's width held at arm's length, or 1 to 2 degrees.
Location
AddressGrand Rapids, MI
Latitude42° 55' 19.42'' N (42.92°)
Longitude 85° 38' 13.6'' W (-85.64°)
Elevation217.29m
Time and Duration
Local Date & Time2020-07-15 02:00 EDT
UT Date & Time2020-07-15 06:00 UT
Duration≈3.5s
Direction
Moving directionFrom down right to up left
Descent Angle306°
Moving
Facing azimuth170°
First azimuth170°
First elevation45°
Last azimuth165°
Last elevation60°
Brightness and color
Stellar Magnitude-11
ColorDark Blue, Blue, Light Blue, Dark Green, Green, Light Green, Orange, Red (Color Blind, Started Blue or Green, Burned out to Red)
Concurrent Sound
ObservationNo
Remarks-
Delayed Sound
ObservationNo
Remarks-
Persistent train
ObservationYes
Duration5s
Length25°
RemarksVery wide smoke trail that I could only see with the light of the fireball. City lights blocked it out.
Terminal flash
ObservationNo
Remarks-
Fragmentation
ObservationNo
Remarks-