Reports Report 4588hk (Event 4588-2017)

Name Wayne W
Experience Level 1/5
Remarks I was on a flight from Belfast International over the Irish Sea at probably 20000 and saw this light moving quickly towards the plane, as clear as could be. Large green ball at front followed by white straight tail which fragmented and fizzled out, just like a firework which I thought it was until I realised I was at 20000 feet. I even asked the pilot on disembarkation but they reported nothing. Quite unsettling as it was probably only a mile or so from the plane.
Address (IM)
Latitude 53° 55' 13.01'' N (53.920281°)
Longitude 3° 55' 18.61'' W (-3.921835°)
Elevation -30.225166m
Time and Duration
Local Date & Time 2017-11-25 07:15 GMT
UT Date & Time 2017-11-25 07:15 UT
Duration ≈3.5s
Moving direction From up left to down right
Descent Angle 104°
Facing azimuth 92.79°
First azimuth 323.08°
First elevation 29°
Last azimuth 91.17°
Last elevation 37°
Brightness and color
Stellar Magnitude -19
Color Green
Concurrent Sound
Observation Unknown
Remarks -
Delayed Sound
Observation Unknown
Remarks -
Persistent train
Observation Yes
Duration 2s
Remarks Glowing trail like a rocket firework which fizzled out and disappeared over a couple of seconds
Terminal flash
Observation Yes
Remarks Green ball at front of trail looked to explode
Observation Yes
Remarks Fragmentation of the tail