Reports Report 51ch (Event 51-2017)

Name Rick S
Experience Level 1/5
Remarks I was surprised how long it was visible. (10 to 15 seconds at least). I was headed west and saw it streaking accros from north to south. It was the brightness that first caught my attention and as it got directly west (my best view.) it got very bright and grew an orange and yellow tail that looked like fire trailing behind the bright white ball. Then the tail seemed to disappear as it continued lower on the horizon. My last views were through the trees as it skimmed the horizon.
Address Metamora, MI
Latitude 42° 58' 14.76'' N (42.970766°)
Longitude 83° 19' 8.5'' W (-83.319027°)
Elevation 282.595m
Time and Duration
Local Date & Time 2017-01-08 06:12 EST
UT Date & Time 2017-01-08 11:12 UT
Duration ≈20s
Moving direction From up right to down left
Descent Angle 266°
Facing azimuth 267.73°
First azimuth 298.89°
First elevation 40°
Last azimuth 237.08°
Last elevation
Brightness and color
Stellar Magnitude -7
Color Orange, Yellow, White
Concurrent Sound
Observation No
Remarks -
Delayed Sound
Observation No
Remarks -
Persistent train
Observation No
Duration -
Length -
Remarks -
Terminal flash
Observation No
Remarks -
Observation No
Remarks -