Reports Report 4097y (Event 4097-2015)

Name Jack U
Experience Level 3/5
Remarks Very bright. Visible even through the veil of some clouds. Passage seemed slower than other sightings. Covered an arc across most of the sky. Passage seemed to last 30-40 seconds. This was the brightest meteor-like object I've witnessed in 50 years of casual viewing.
Address Newberry Springs, CA
Latitude 34° 53' 44.34'' N (34.89565°)
Longitude 116° 43' 26.69'' W (-116.72408°)
Elevation 566.352m
Time and Duration
Local Date & Time 2015-12-22 18:09 PST
UT Date & Time 2015-12-23 02:09 UT
Duration ≈45s
Moving direction From down left to up right
Descent Angle 78°
Facing azimuth 309.93°
First azimuth 312.21°
First elevation 34°
Last azimuth 112.68°
Last elevation 53°
Brightness and color
Stellar Magnitude -7
Color Orange
Concurrent Sound
Observation No
Remarks -
Delayed Sound
Observation No
Remarks -
Persistent train
Observation Yes
Duration 7s
Length 25°
Remarks Long glowing orange trail during entire time object was visible. Small additional (parallel) trail segment during the later half of the time object was visible.
Terminal flash
Observation No
Remarks -
Observation Yes
Remarks See above. Smaller parallel trail during second half of object passage.