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Occurred : 12/22/2015 18:10 (Entered as : 12/22/15 18:10)
Reported: 12/22/2015 6:27:42 PM 18:27
Posted: 1/5/2016
Location: Moorpark, CA
Shape: Light
Duration:2 minutes
Comet like appearance

Seen from back yard: bright and swiftly moving object caught eye. Comet like in appearance. White light tip with gold red tail flair. Close altitude proximity and fast...the moving brightness is what caught eye. Too fast to take picture...should have been seen from highways 23 and 118...traveling from Moorpark towards Simi Valley.


((NUFORC Note: Re-entering space debris. PD))


((ADDENDUM SUBMITTED BY MR. TED MOLCZAN, SATELLITE ANALYST))

Happy New Year, Peter!

There were numerous reports and videos of sightings from California, Nevada, and Arizona, of the re-entry of 2015-080B / 41178, on 2015 Dec 23, near 02:10 UTC (Dec 22 18:10 PST). It was the rocket body of the recent launch of Progress MS-01.
It was the model 11S510, which has an empty mass of 2410 kg.

Two of the many videos:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vzLFVe7cv0I

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LQtUgG24Nbg

The AMS received 59 fireball report:

http://www.amsmeteors.org/members/imo_view/event/2015/4097

If you received reports from Thailand and neighboring countries, of a meteor-like object seen on Jan 2, just before dawn
(6:36 AM), that was the re-entry of 2015-074C / 41107, which was the second stage of the Zenit-2SB rocket, that launched Russia's Elecktro-L 2 satellite. Its empty mass was 8900 kg.

Best regards,
Ted Molczan

((END ADDENDUM))