Reports Report 3478bs (Event 3478-2020)

This report has been linked to the following event: Event 3478-2020
Observer
NameDavid P
Experience Level2/5
RemarksSurreal experience, I yelled at my brother to come see it or no one will believe me. He saw it too. We thought it was a giant meteor burning up and fragmenting into highly visible glowing balls of light but have never seen one so bright, with such a long fire trail, and very low and almost parallel to the horizon. Today we read it may have been a Russian rocket.
Location
AddressPort Lavaca, TX
Latitude28° 40' 31.19'' N (28.68°)
Longitude 96° 25' 40.17'' W (-96.43°)
Elevation4.37m
Time and Duration
Local Date & Time2020-07-18 01:00 CDT
UT Date & Time2020-07-18 06:00 UT
Duration≈20s
Direction
Moving directionFrom up left to down right
Descent Angle98°
Moving
Facing azimuth271.62°
First azimuth255.94°
First elevation15°
Last azimuth301.2°
Last elevation
Brightness and color
Stellar Magnitude-5
ColorOrange, Yellow, Light Yellow
Concurrent Sound
ObservationNo
Remarks-
Delayed Sound
ObservationNo
Remarks-
Persistent train
ObservationNo
Duration-
Length-
Remarks-
Terminal flash
ObservationNo
Remarks-
Fragmentation
ObservationYes
RemarksBright balls of light slowing down behind the main object, and a very long, sparkling fire trail.