Reports Report 245bb (Event 245-2015)

This report has been linked to the following event: Event 245-2015
Observer
NameMichael W
Experience Level3/5
RemarksIt was viewed in broad daylight, moving very very slowly along a nearly horizontal line. I initially mistook it for a close-by remote controlled helicopter, but I kept staring because it it looked just like a rocket flame. Then I noticed sparks falling behind it and the flame (tail) changed color.
Location
AddressWhitethorn, CA
Latitude40° 1' 41.07'' N (40.03°)
Longitude 124° 4' 21.25'' W (-124.07°)
Elevation29.49m
Time and Duration
Local Date & Time2015-01-31 13:00 PST
UT Date & Time2015-01-31 21:00 UT
Duration≈20s
Direction
Moving directionFrom left to right
Descent Angle90°
Moving
Facing azimuth235.5°
First azimuth234.85°
First elevation19°
Last azimuth250.61°
Last elevation19°
Brightness and color
Stellar Magnitude-23
ColorGreen, Orange, White
Concurrent Sound
ObservationNo
Remarks-
Delayed Sound
ObservationUnknown
Remarks-
Persistent train
ObservationNo
Duration-
Length-
Remarks-
Terminal flash
ObservationNo
Remarks-
Fragmentation
ObservationYes
RemarksWhite meteor that I first noticed with a clean, cone-like tail of light blue, then shot sparks behind and below and color of tail changed to orange. Eventually (15-25 seconds?) faded out.