Reports Report 2263j (Event 2263-2012)

Name Sherry B
Experience Level 3/5
Remarks I have only seen a couple of meteor showers in my life. This object seemed to be much closer to earth. I have no doubt it was space debris, either a meteorite or a falling satellite or something similar. It was awesome!!!!! I immediately called my husband and we joked about the 'end of the world' since it happened on Dec 21, 2012. If you have any information on this sighting from others, I would dearly like to hear it.
Address Lehi, UT
Latitude 40° 23' 18.96'' N (40.388601°)
Longitude 111° 49' 23.59'' W (-111.82322°)
Elevation 1389.87854m
Time and Duration
Local Date & Time 2012-12-21 17:18 MST
UT Date & Time 2012-12-22 00:18 UT
Duration ≈3.5s
Moving direction From right to left
Descent Angle 270°
Facing azimuth 107.28°
First azimuth 105.84°
First elevation 55°
Last azimuth 69.55°
Last elevation 56°
Brightness and color
Stellar Magnitude -9
Color White
Concurrent Sound
Observation No
Remarks -
Delayed Sound
Observation No
Remarks -
Persistent train
Observation Yes
Duration 1s
Remarks Didn't look like smoke, more like a glow. It all happened so fast I didn't see any change to the train from the first moment I saw it until everything disappeared.
Terminal flash
Observation Yes
Remarks Small bright white light followed by glowing fragments expanding randomly out from the center and behind the explosion.
Observation Yes
Remarks Glowing fragments expanding randomly out from the center and behind the explosion of light. I could compare it to a firework that had no pattern. The fragments did not travel far and disappeared within a split second. The tail disappeared very shortly thereafter.