|Occurred : 11/2/1998 23:20 (Entered as : 11/02/98 23:20)
Reported: 11/3/1998 00:21
Location: Dallas (Irving/Valley Ranch?), TX
|More than likely a shooting star, but thought I should report it.
** NOTE: I think this was a shooting star / meteorite ** Approx. 11:20pm (23:20) CST. Irving/Valley Ranch, TX? Hackberry Road. Approx. 0.5 miles West of MacArthur Blvd. Approx. 1.6 miles East of Beltline Rd. Approx. 0.5 miles North of I-635. Approx. 5 miles North-East of, center of Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. I was standing outdoors at the above mentioned location watching aircraft on final approach (landing to the South) at DFW Airport. Looking approx. West-North-West, upwards at approx. 45 degrees, I witnessed what I belive to be a "shooting star" or metorite. A very bright, greenish dot, streaked downward and faded. The entire sighting was no more than 2 seconds in length. The dot was very bright, white/greenish in color. Could compare it to burnning magnesium. The size of the dot was approx. 1/4 - 1/8 the size of the Moon at the time. The dot also left a faint, whiteish trail behind it. The dot moved in a straight line, straight downward (no movement across the horizon, i.e. South-to-North). The dot appeared approx. 45 degrees above the horizon, streaked straight downward, and faded at approx. 10-15 degress above the horizon. Its speed was extremely fast and constant. It DID NOT speed up, slow down, change direction, hover, etc. The dot appeared to have faded above the Grapevine Lake / Grapevine,TX / Coppell, TX area.