Reports Report 451au (Event 451-2015)

Name Heather A
Experience Level 2/5
Remarks I have seen meteor showers before but this was unlike anything I have ever seen. The weird thing about this sighting was it seemed to us to be initiated from ground level rather than something entering our airspace from above. We initially both thought that it looked like a space shuttle launching but that isn't possible and we have no space stations around here. It seemed to head in the direction of the Idaho National Laboratory. It came directly over us and it literally looked like we were watching a comet or something like that. Never seen anything like it!
Address Pingree, ID
Latitude 43° 7' 40.71'' N (43.127976°)
Longitude 112° 30' 54.27'' W (-112.515076°)
Elevation 1351.968994m
Time and Duration
Local Date & Time 2015-02-23 22:55 MST
UT Date & Time 2015-02-24 05:55 UT
Duration ≈45s
Moving direction From down left to up right
Descent Angle 28°
Facing azimuth 175.55°
First azimuth 166.25°
First elevation -
Last azimuth 3.61°
Last elevation -
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 1s
Length -
Remarks Not sure the degree of length. We watched it for almost a minute. It had a trailing tail quite a bit behind it the entire time, with fragmented pieces.
Terminal flash
Observation No
Remarks -
Observation Yes
Remarks When it initial came into our view it looked like it was all one piece, but it traveled up and over our heads and disappeared 180 degrees in the other direction. It went directly over us and it as it traveled it looked like there were smaller fragments breaking off with the trailing tail. There were several larger portions that broke off, at least two or three that were significant portions of the initial singular object.