Reports Report 6831k (Event 6831-2020)

This report has been linked to the following event: Event 6831-2020
Observer
NameMike W
Experience Level3/5
RemarksI was driving straight north at roughly 0545 EST and it came into view at the top of my windshield at about a 1 to 2 o'clock position relative to my direction of travel. Appeared to travel parallel to my northerly track. My truck is loud and my radio was on so I couldn't hear anything. The "vapor trail" was one of the most spectacular things I have seen. I have seen several bright meteors, but none have ever come close to the size, brightness and duration of this one, and I have never seen a trail that had any distinctive features such as this one did, let alone any features at all. I was absolutely "wowed"!
Location
AddressLinwood, MI
Latitude43° 41' 59.85'' N (43.7°)
Longitude 84° 0' 45.77'' W (-84.01°)
Elevation186.62m
Time and Duration
Local Date & Time2020-11-18 05:45 EST
UT Date & Time2020-11-18 10:45 UT
Duration≈3.5s
Direction
Moving directionFrom up left to down right
Descent Angle99°
Moving
Facing azimuth-
First azimuth15°
First elevation37°
Last azimuth10°
Last elevation27°
Brightness and color
Stellar Magnitude-8
ColorWhite
Concurrent Sound
ObservationUnknown
Remarks-
Delayed Sound
ObservationUnknown
Remarks-
Persistent train
ObservationYes
Duration2s
Length30°
RemarksLooked like a glowing billowing vapor trail
Terminal flash
ObservationNo
Remarks-
Fragmentation
ObservationNo
Remarks-