Reports Report 1973p (Event 1973-2014)

This report has been linked to the following event: Event 1973-2014
Observer
NameDan B
Experience Level5/5
RemarksWas observing comet Jacques very near the zenith when very bright object appeared in field of 15x50 IS binoculars. Was orange in color...noted to be tumbling at a rate of about one revolution per second. Beautiful vivid gray smoke trail behind...followed to horizon where turned dark orange...tail still evident. Took about 20 to 25 seconds to go from zenith to horizon, definitely slower moving than a usual meteor! Reminded one of an earth-grazing meteor; doubt a man-made object/satellite as really no marked debris trail(?). Truly spectacular through image stabilized binoculars and naked eye! Ran in to report immediately!
Location
AddressAlamogordo, NM
Latitude32° 55' 2.71'' N (32.92°)
Longitude 105° 57' 2.95'' W (-105.95°)
Elevation1338.3m
Time and Duration
Local Date & Time2014-09-02 22:31 MDT
UT Date & Time2014-09-03 04:31 UT
Duration?
Direction
Moving directionFrom up to down
Descent Angle180°
Moving
Facing azimuth2.21°
First azimuth2.86°
First elevation90°
Last azimuth3.22°
Last elevation
Brightness and color
Stellar Magnitude-5
ColorOrange
Concurrent Sound
ObservationNo
Remarks-
Delayed Sound
ObservationNo
Remarks-
Persistent train
ObservationYes
Duration20s
Length30°
RemarksSmoke trail seen through 15x50 Image Stabilized binoculars emanating from an orange tumbling object smoke trail intertwining
Terminal flash
ObservationNo
Remarks-
Fragmentation
ObservationYes
RemarksMostly intact from zenith to horizon with very little fragmentation