Reports Report 5428b (Event 5428-2022)

This report has been linked to the following event: Event 5428-2022
Observer
NameNatalie N
Experience Level3/5
RemarksCould it have been a meteor tangent to the atmosphere so that it didn’t seem to fall? It was angled pointing upwards and in a line from 5 o’clockish to 11 o’clockish from our viewing position. Could it have been a night time rocket set off in Maine? Could it have been a comet?
Location
AddressSouth Bristol, ME
Latitude43° 56' 2.52'' N (43.93°)
Longitude 69° 33' 21.6'' W (-69.56°)
Elevation38.06m
Time and Duration
Local Date & Time2022-08-20 21:45 EDT
UT Date & Time2022-08-21 01:45 UT
Duration≈20s
Direction
Moving directionFrom down right to up left
Descent Angle333°
Moving
Facing azimuth290°
First azimuth290°
First elevation50°
Last azimuth61.28°
Last elevation-
Brightness and color
Stellar Magnitude-5
ColorWhite
Concurrent Sound
ObservationNo
Remarks-
Delayed Sound
ObservationNo
Remarks-
Persistent train
ObservationUnknown
Duration-
Length-
Remarks-
Terminal flash
ObservationNo
Remarks-
Fragmentation
ObservationYes
RemarksIt actually looked like a rocket contrail because it was long and lit. It probably was not a comet because it was slowly moving, faster than Haley’s comet did in 1997, but slower than a satellite usually does. The tail or trail sparked white as if it were burning and pieces were coming off. It lasted a while (20-30 seconds) and a group of us saw it. Then it seemed to go poof and dissolved into nothingness.