|Occurred : 9/1/1999 21:25 (Entered as : 09/01/99 21:25)
Reported: 9/16/1999 23:18
Location: Coos Bay, OR
|large fireball, faded to long cone shaped object moving from west to east about 15 to 20 degrees up from horizon
I was walking south on the street in front of my house on September 1, 1999 at 9:25 and looked up to see a bright orange fireball in the sky. I followed it because it was such a bright object. While I watched, the fireball grew bigger, then faded to a long flat object with what looked like wings projecting from the top and bottom, like it was a very long tube like airplane on its side. As I was watching it move from west to east, I spotted what looked like a smaller large object move in the same direction, parallel with the large object, but lower in the sky, making it seem to be a great distance away. The first large object seemed to grow larger in size as it moved seemingly farther away. the second object continued to track the first. As I was standing in the middle of the street, there were trees in the area and I lost the object behind trees that were too numerous for me to track on. By the time I got to an area where I could see more sky, all objects were gone. This was no more than about 1/2 block and took place over about 30 seconds I believe. I was entranced, unable to believe what I saw, I almost pooh-poohed it but continued to watch and could not believe what I saw. I finally realized that it could not be a meteor as it was moving too slow for that. I am an elementary teacher in the coos bay school system and have been interested in these type of sightings for many years, but this is the first one I have personally seen. I was amazed and absolutely thrilled to have seen something out of the ordinary. I sent an e-mail to KVAL-tv that night and never got a reply but did hear something on the 11:00 news that stated that it was a russian space object. I forgot about it until I heard a broadcast on KWRO-am radio at approximately 10:15 on September 16th.