Reports Report 4097c (Event 4097-2015)

Name Steven L
Experience Level 2/5
Remarks I am a retired Air Force weapon system officer (navigator in fighter aircraft). I was picking up mail at my mailbox when I notice a light about as bright as a street light shining through a tree while looking west. I took a few steps to get a better view. The trail across the sky until it broke up looked very much like the trail of a yellow fireworks (like sparks trailing the object). This lasted much longer and was lower and larger than the typical "shooting star".
Address Las Vegas, NV
Latitude 36° 19' 45.9'' N (36.329416°)
Longitude 115° 15' 56.49'' W (-115.265692°)
Elevation 751.331m
Time and Duration
Local Date & Time 2015-12-22 18:07 PST
UT Date & Time 2015-12-23 02:07 UT
Duration ≈20s
Moving direction From up right to down left
Descent Angle 263°
Facing azimuth 180°
First azimuth 260°
First elevation 28°
Last azimuth 150°
Last elevation 23°
Brightness and color
Stellar Magnitude -14
Color Orange, Yellow
Concurrent Sound
Observation No
Remarks -
Delayed Sound
Observation No
Remarks -
Persistent train
Observation Yes
Duration 5s
Length 10°
Remarks The trail looked somewhat like one of those yellow fireworks that leaves a trail of sparks. There appeared to be a sort of smoke trail visible in the moonlight behind the object.
Terminal flash
Observation No
Remarks -
Observation Yes
Remarks The single object broke into about 5 or 6 smaller pieces and then vanished into the sky.