Reports Report 1529ik (Event 1529-2016)

This report has been linked to the following event: Event 1529-2016
Observer
NameNgaio N
Experience Level1/5
RemarksI'm a student pilot. My flight instructor and I were flying at an altitude of around 10,000 feet MSL when both him and I observed a lit green bright object off to our 10-11 o'clock position. We were traveling at a (magnetic) heading between 240º and 260º. The light from the object lasted approximately 3 seconds. The object fell relatively close to us (easily within 3 nautical miles) and then disappeared. We first observed the object as it was falling slightly above us (relative to our altitude) and then the light extinguished and disappeared when it was slightly below us. The light was a bright green in color and quickly faded to green and then yellow.At first, we wondered if it was a flare or military activity below, and then upon reviewing the area's visual flight rules sectional chart, we determined that we were not within a military operations area, as well as determined that the light extinguished too quickly to have been a flare.
Location
AddressCima, CA
Latitude35° 21' 54.93'' N (35.37°)
Longitude 115° 36' 36.97'' W (-115.61°)
Elevation1297.15m
Time and Duration
Local Date & Time2016-04-26 21:30 PDT
UT Date & Time2016-04-27 04:30 UT
Duration≈3.5s
Direction
Moving directionFrom up left to down right
Descent Angle167°
Moving
Facing azimuth247.72°
First azimuth216°
First elevation19°
Last azimuth231.3°
Last elevation22°
Brightness and color
Stellar Magnitude-8
ColorGreen, Light Green, Orange, Yellow
Concurrent Sound
ObservationNo
Remarks-
Delayed Sound
ObservationNo
Remarks-
Persistent train
ObservationUnknown
Duration-
Length-
Remarks-
Terminal flash
ObservationUnknown
Remarks-
Fragmentation
ObservationUnknown
Remarks-