Reports Report 4097u (Event 4097-2015)

Name Bryan P
Experience Level 3/5
Remarks Seemed to be a controlled reentry. The object went from an amber color over the Sierras to a white as it passed to the southern horizon. A long trial was always connected to it. No fragmentation. No sound. It looked like a shallow trajectory through the atmosphere, and compared to meteors it went fairly slowly across the sky. It was above the Cirrus clouds. and would come in and out of view.
Address , NV
Latitude 38° 44' 1.85'' N (38.733847°)
Longitude 119° 30' 27.79'' W (-119.507719°)
Elevation 1575.308m
Time and Duration
Local Date & Time 2015-12-22 18:08 PST
UT Date & Time 2015-12-23 02:08 UT
Duration ≈45s
Moving direction From down right to up left
Descent Angle 339°
Facing azimuth 139.87°
First azimuth 273.72°
First elevation 63°
Last azimuth 102.73°
Last elevation 34°
Brightness and color
Stellar Magnitude -11
Color Orange, Yellow, Light Yellow, White
Concurrent Sound
Observation No
Remarks -
Delayed Sound
Observation No
Remarks -
Persistent train
Observation Yes
Duration 15s
Length 25°
Remarks Long trail was attached to the object about 17 degrees behind, and dissipated as it went by.
Terminal flash
Observation No
Remarks -
Observation No
Remarks -