Reports Report 590a (Event 590-2018)

Name Liz L
Experience Level 1/5
Remarks We have hardly any light pollution at our house, so we've got a great view of the night sky! No street lights and we're about three miles from town. I saw another bright light going across the sky a few months ago, in roughly the same spot and (I think) the same direction - is that possible? That time it looked more distant, or less distinct, just a bright orange light moving kind of fast across sky for a few seconds. I figured then that it might have been a rocket from the aurora research at UAF in Fairbanks - I don't know if that's a possibility? We're probably too far from Fairbanks for that. What I saw tonight was way more distinct and bright, and it looked like flames and then like it blew up. It moved in the same trajectory and speed as the larger prop planes around here (like Bering Air or Ravn) and I was sure I'd just watched a plane blow up. Felt sick. Really hoping to see nothing in the news tomorrow. Sure hope it was a meteor. Thanks!
Address Nome, AK
Latitude 64° 33' 6.76'' N (64.551879°)
Longitude 165° 20' 30'' W (-165.341667°)
Elevation 112.202m
Time and Duration
Local Date & Time 2018-02-12 22:30 AKST
UT Date & Time 2018-02-13 07:30 UT
Duration ≈3.5s
Moving direction From down left to up right
Descent Angle 76°
Facing azimuth 311.66°
First azimuth 303.92°
First elevation 27°
Last azimuth 323.66°
Last elevation 35°
Brightness and color
Stellar Magnitude -7
Color Orange, Yellow, Light Yellow, Red
Concurrent Sound
Observation No
Remarks -
Delayed Sound
Observation No
Remarks -
Persistent train
Observation Unknown
Duration -
Length -
Remarks -
Terminal flash
Observation Unknown
Remarks -
Observation Yes
Remarks I'm not sure - I thought it was a plane burning up at first because it followed the same trajectory as a lot of flights here, and I remember thinking "oh no it exploded." I think it turned red and into pieces and not as bright at the end. I was pretty upset by it and don't remember the details, just that I thought it was on fire as it flew and then that it exploded.