Reports Report 4097y (Event 4097-2015)

This report has been linked to the following event: Event 4097-2015
Observer
NameJack U
Experience Level3/5
RemarksVery 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.
Location
AddressNewberry Springs, CA
Latitude34° 53' 44.34'' N (34.9°)
Longitude 116° 43' 26.69'' W (-116.72°)
Elevation566.35m
Time and Duration
Local Date & Time2015-12-22 18:09 PST
UT Date & Time2015-12-23 02:09 UT
Duration≈45s
Direction
Moving directionFrom down left to up right
Descent Angle78°
Moving
Facing azimuth309.93°
First azimuth312.21°
First elevation34°
Last azimuth112.68°
Last elevation53°
Brightness and color
Stellar Magnitude-7
ColorOrange
Concurrent Sound
ObservationNo
Remarks-
Delayed Sound
ObservationNo
Remarks-
Persistent train
ObservationYes
Duration7s
Length25°
RemarksLong 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
ObservationNo
Remarks-
Fragmentation
ObservationYes
RemarksSee above. Smaller parallel trail during second half of object passage.