Its now 8:52 pm central standard time and Melissa and I just got inside. I went out for a smoke about 5 minutes ago and saw a large glowing light in the western sky at approx. 30 degree's above the horizon line. I watched it for about a minute thinking it was a bright airplane but the speed seemed wrong or it was flying real low. Then as it passed to the south you could start to see the firey trail behind it, I yelled for Melissa to get out and see this object. It took her about 45 seconds for her to come out. The object was a bright white with a red aura as if it was passing through the atmosphere and burning up, the tail must have been several miles long. It was yellow, green and red. The intensity of the light never varied through the object or the tail, which I would have expected if it was a meteorite passing through the atmosphere. Its path seemed to be straight rather than degrading. It passed through our whole horizon from 15 degree's to about 120 degree's in about 3.5 minutes. Its speed was hard to judge but it was certainly faster than any plane I've ever seen, I have seen the concord and many fighter jets fly. What we saw was more detailed and intense than any photo's of a comet, or meteorite either of us have ever seen. Both of us have limited history witnessing these events but we did watch the pinacle of "hail bop" and it rated about 10% of what we just witnessed.
Has anyone heard news of a large metorite or any other event that would help us explain what we just saw?
THAT WAS REALLY COOL.
And yes, I'm another idiot who was too stupid to tell the wife to get outside WITH A CAMERA
Monday, September 18, 2006