The American Meteor Society (AMS) received more than 55 reports of a bright object over California, Nevada and Arizona on Tuesday, December 22th around 18:10 PST.
It wasn’t a fireball. The phenomena was Russian space debris – a SL-4 rocket body that reentered the atmosphere somewhere above Arizona.
Below is the approximate trajectory calculted from the reports received by the AMS:
Most of the witnesses speculated that it was a meteor, a fireball or even… Santa.
— Christopher Boyd (@CJBear71) December 23, 2015
— D. Wilson (@ButteWxSpotter) December 23, 2015
— Kolbe Gillette (@TheRealKolbabe) December 23, 2015