Reports Report 5538ym (Event 5538-2017)

Name Alan C
Experience Level 4/5
Remarks Object seen through thin veil of cloud so no background stars to fix track by. I was in a moving car (front seat) at the time so was unable to hear any sonic effects. Brightness as seen through thin cloud, very bright, similar to brightest iridium flare but moving far to rapidly and while the object seemed brilliant white the trail was distinctly green. For what it's worth I am the planetary section director of the SPA.
Address Saint Michaels, Scotland (GB)
Latitude 56° 23' 41.01'' N (56.394724°)
Longitude 2° 54' 22.99'' W (-2.906387°)
Elevation 22.527552m
Time and Duration
Local Date & Time 2017-12-31 17:33 GMT
UT Date & Time 2017-12-31 17:33 UT
Duration ≈7.5s
Moving direction From down left to up right
Descent Angle 87°
Facing azimuth 143.43°
First azimuth 110°
First elevation 25°
Last azimuth 230°
Last elevation 30°
Brightness and color
Stellar Magnitude -15
Color Green
Concurrent Sound
Observation No
Remarks -
Delayed Sound
Observation No
Remarks -
Persistent train
Observation No
Duration -
Length -
Remarks -
Terminal flash
Observation No
Remarks -
Observation Yes
Remarks Just before fading out the object broke into two major pieces and a number of minor ones that faded almost immediately. The two remaining stayed in formation with the smaller slightly below and behind for perhaps 1.5 secs, then the smaller faded with the larger fading straight afterwards; there was no flash just a rapid extinguishing of the light. They were in sight as they faded from visibility, perhaps two thirds of the way to the western horizon and still well above it.