Reports Report 451hi (Event 451-2015)

Name Suzanne M
Experience Level 3/5
Remarks One of the most amazing things I've ever seen... slow-moving, (seemingly) low-altitude, on such a perfect, crystal-clear night. I thought someone had set off a firework when I first saw it, but then I realized it wasn't moving up, it was moving across the sky. We immediately pulled over and I was able to watch it cross directly overhead through the moon roof of our car.
Address Lolo, Mt
Latitude 46° 45' 21.92'' N (46.756088°)
Longitude 114° 4' 54.67'' W (-114.081854°)
Elevation 970.266724m
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
Facing azimuth 179.66°
First azimuth 178.38°
First elevation 25°
Last azimuth 3.47°
Last elevation 34°
Brightness and color
Stellar Magnitude -13
Color Light Blue, White
Concurrent Sound
Observation No
Remarks -
Delayed Sound
Observation No
Remarks -
Persistent train
Observation Yes
Duration 15s
Length 40°
Remarks a glowing trail of particles, similar to the burning trail of a bottle rocket, it definitely grew as more material peeled off of the head of the main object
Terminal flash
Observation No
Remarks -
Observation Yes
Remarks well defined points of light as material/fragments broke apart, creating multiple individually-traceable trails