Reports Report 4307f (Event 4307-2017)

Name Melinda E
Experience Level 1/5
Remarks I was outside trying to catch a glimpse of the JPSS-1 environmental satellite Delta that was supposed to be launching from Vandenburg Tuesday at 1:47. My friend had told me about it. As I turned in a circle looking up I saw a very bright and brilliant white thing streak across the sky - much bigger and brighter than a shooting star and a very small halo type ring around the bright white ball - with a trail of bright white. The most impressive thing is that it was so low. It came down to within 3 stories, which was how tall my apartment building is. I've never seen anything like it. It was beautiful. The launching of the satellite was delayed, so it wasn't that. Nothing else happened after that.
Address Seal Beach, CA
Latitude 33° 45' 1.04'' N (33.75029°)
Longitude 118° 6' 26.55'' W (-118.107375°)
Elevation 3.753m
Time and Duration
Local Date & Time 2017-11-14 01:47 PST
UT Date & Time 2017-11-14 09:47 UT
Duration ≈1.5s
Moving direction From down left to up right
Descent Angle 54°
Facing azimuth 32.46°
First azimuth 31.22°
First elevation 29°
Last azimuth 208.07°
Last elevation 17°
Brightness and color
Stellar Magnitude -20
Color Mostly white with a very small halo of orange or red
Concurrent Sound
Observation No
Remarks -
Delayed Sound
Observation No
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Persistent train
Observation Unknown
Duration -
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Terminal flash
Observation Unknown
Remarks -
Observation Unknown
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