Reports Report 451hk (Event 451-2015)

Name Ellen R
Experience Level 3/5
Remarks At the time of the observation, I was flying a commercial airliner from Portland, Oregon to Medford, Oregon at FL220 (22,000 feet). I was looking east and saw a red glowing dot, which began to grow a reddish "tail" as the object moved from south to north. The object traveled relatively slowly for a meteor, so I thought it might be some kind of space junk burning up in the atmosphere. Total duration was 45 seconds to one minute. The color was predominately red, but I observed a white glow that lasted 3-4 seconds as the object passed out of view behind the wing of the airplane.
Address Cascadia, OR
Latitude 44° 24' 30.38'' N (44.40844°)
Longitude 122° 35' 3.58'' W (-122.584329°)
Elevation 274.784485m
Time and Duration
Local Date & Time 2015-02-23 21:55 PST
UT Date & Time 2015-02-24 05:55 UT
Duration ≈45s
Moving direction From up right to down left
Descent Angle 260°
Facing azimuth 90°
First azimuth 90°
First elevation 22°
Last azimuth 30°
Last elevation 15°
Brightness and color
Stellar Magnitude -5
Color Red
Concurrent Sound
Observation No
Remarks -
Delayed Sound
Observation No
Remarks -
Persistent train
Observation Yes
Duration 5s
Remarks red glowing trail
Terminal flash
Observation No
Remarks -
Observation Yes
Remarks Color varied from red to bright white.