NUFORC Home Page
Web Report Indexes : by Event Date | by Location | by Shape | by Posting Date

National UFO Reporting Center
Sighting Report
Occurred : 10/6/1998 19:05 (Entered as : 10/06/98 19:05)
Reported: 10/11/1998 23:47
Posted: 3/21/2003
Location: Denver, CO
Shape: Fireball
Duration:1-2 secs.
Red fireball with red tail traveling east to west

As I was passing through the intersection of Santa Fe and Mississippi going south, I happened to see a red fireball-like object that seemed to descend from left to right (east to west) at a 45-degree angle, then zip westward quickly and disappeared behind trees in my view. I attempted to follow its path with my eyes on the other side of the trees, only a brief distance, especially at the rate at which the object seemed to be traveling, but did not see any trace. The light seemed to be quite far away, perhaps 2-5 miles directly south of my view, at about 45 degrees above the horizon from my vantage point. Its size appeared to be larger than the brightest star, but not much bigger. The narrow tail appeared briefly as it was visible before the trees, but disappeared almost instantly. I thought about what it may have been, as I was incredulous, never having had a sighting in the Denver area. I thought about it being possibly a reflection of tail lights in my windshield, but I was traveling on a one-way street on one side of a river (the other direction is on the other side of the South Platte River, and is not visible much of the time from my side of the road) after having passed through an intersection where a traffic light halted any perpendicular traffic. Additionally, the light had just turned green and I was one of the first cars to pass through the inter- section. Finally, I have traveled this route many, many times before, and had never seen anything of this sort. One more thing, there may have been light clouds that evening, but I do not specifically recall (sorry). The sun was well-down by this time--not dusk at all. As mentioned above, I had never seen a sighting in the Denver area, but have had 2 separate sightings in the Caribbean in February of this year. I am a 33-year-old female computer programmer and UFO enthusiast, having grown up in northeastern Colorado, watching programs about such things, but have never, until recently, seen anything I would consider a UFO.