Reports Report 2415x (Event 2415-2022)

This report has been linked to the following event: Event 2415-2022
Observer
NameTina S
Experience Level2/5
RemarksI was driving westbound on the road as indicated by my mapping. The object appeared off to my left or south of my position and ahead of my position traveling in the same westerly direction. I thought it at first a comet or meteor but the way it behavedand having a tail, but the separating from the tail for a brief moment before disappearing, lasting as long as it did made me think of a satellite falling as it seemed too big and too close. There was a full moon, stars, we are by an active airport so we are well familiar with all types of aircraft from a distance, etc. Plenty of light pollution but this was so distinct and clear, that I could note the above details as I was driving, there was NO oncoming traffic to distract my view. My husband as passenger also noted same object and submitted report - I don't know if he saw it exactly when I did as I called it to his attention.
Location
AddressRock Tavern, NY
Latitude41° 31' 33.3'' N (41.53°)
Longitude 74° 8' 21.64'' W (-74.14°)
Elevation130.96m
Time and Duration
Local Date & Time2022-04-17 22:01 EDT
UT Date & Time2022-04-18 02:01 UT
Duration≈3.5s
Direction
Moving directionFrom up left to down right
Descent Angle101°
Moving
Facing azimuth270.89°
First azimuth259.25°
First elevation48°
Last azimuth261.61°
Last elevation40°
Brightness and color
Stellar Magnitude-12
ColorOrange, Yellow, Light Yellow
Concurrent Sound
ObservationUnknown
Remarks-
Delayed Sound
ObservationUnknown
Remarks-
Persistent train
ObservationNo
Duration-
Length-
Remarks-
Terminal flash
ObservationYes
RemarksSaw an object that appeared to be burning with a full tail - it separated from the tail as a full ball shape, no decrease of size and then disappeared. The tail and main body remained in existence for the same amount of time before disappearing.
Fragmentation
ObservationYes
RemarksI believe I saw parts of it separate just after the main section had separated some from the tail. There was space between the tail and main body for a moment where I saw a handful other parts that seemed to separate above and below.