Last night (January 21, possibly 5:30 UTC), from my house in northern California, I saw a moving point of light in the sky, going west to east, crossing about 120 degrees of sky in 5 seconds or so.

It didn't look like my experience of meteors - thicker and slower, and quite bright. I think it survived until it was out of sight entirely, rather than burning out.

Aerospace.org's reentry predictions doesn't show anything for that time.

I've seen ISS and other satellites; this was a lot larger and brighter, and my favorite satellite pass schedule also shows nothing.

Was this more likely a rocket body re-entry, or a large meteor?

  • $\begingroup$ Could it be a falling piece of space debris? $\endgroup$ – L.R. Jan 22 '15 at 14:00
  • $\begingroup$ amsmeteors.org/members/fireball/… ? $\endgroup$ – barrycarter Jan 26 '15 at 14:20
  • $\begingroup$ Nice resource, but wrong date - mine was Tuesday night (1/20) local, Wednesday morning (1/21) UTC. $\endgroup$ – Russell Borogove Jan 26 '15 at 17:44

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