Brighter than Venus!
As I was waiting for a late night coffee to brew I went over to a north facing window to look at the stars. I was testing my variable star skills to see which stars are brighter than others.
The skies in N.Y.C. are currently cold & crystal clear.
Seconds after arriving at the open window I saw a brilliant white streak that wasn't your typical meteor. It grew brighter than Venus and appeared to sparkle towards the end of its flight. The whole event lasted less than a second.
It originated from the general direcion of Capella and ended its orbit at a point about halfway up from the northern Pointer in the Big Dipper (α Ursa Majoris - Dubhe) and Polaris. It left a naked eye smoke trail.
Plotting it on SkyMap Pro shows that the path in the sky was at least 25° and the direction it was travelling from leaves no doubt about which comet this originated from - Comet Encke.
My northeast facing window (aka Manhattan north) perfectly framed the end of the line for one of a seemingly endless source of meteors.
I don't think it was a Bolide because the only sound heard was the quickening of my heartbeat.
[Image] Path of Taurid Fireball - 11 Nov. @ ~10:28 PM