Reports Report 3996r (Event 3996-2017)

Name Bill J
Experience Level 3/5
Remarks A bright light caught my attention and at first I thought it was probably landing lights from a plan and I looked up at the light and it was bright yellow and just zipped across the sky and disappeared behind the treeline. As it neared the treeline, it broke into 2 pieces and separated about 15^ and then was gone. Pretty amazing. My time is very approximate as I did not think to check the exact time.
Address Cary, NC
Latitude 35° 43' 45.82'' N (35.729395°)
Longitude 78° 46' 3.04'' W (-78.767511°)
Elevation 111.5m
Time and Duration
Local Date & Time 2017-10-26 23:00 EDT
UT Date & Time 2017-10-27 03:00 UT
Duration ≈3.5s
Moving direction From down left to up right
Descent Angle 35°
Facing azimuth 178.73°
First azimuth 209.88°
First elevation 62°
Last azimuth 145.61°
Last elevation 27°
Brightness and color
Stellar Magnitude -18
Color Yellow
Concurrent Sound
Observation No
Remarks -
Delayed Sound
Observation No
Remarks -
Persistent train
Observation Yes
Duration 1s
Length 15°
Remarks A bright ball with a yellow trail that faded quickly
Terminal flash
Observation No
Remarks -
Observation Yes
Remarks As it disappeared into the tree line, it appeared to break into 2 pieces