|Occurred : 11/3/2001 17:55 (Entered as : 11/03/01 17:55)
Reported: 11/5/2001 5:05:03 PM 17:05
Location: Columbia, MO
|unusual speed and definition
Bright dot of light at approx. zenith traveling south to north. Appeared directly overhead and appeared to travel approx. 15 degrees before disappearing. Appeared to be approx. same diameter as Jupiter at zenith, but was intensely white and bright.
The object was circular in shape, very well defined, moving at an extremely high rate of speed. What made this observation unusual was the absolute lack of smearing as it progressed (being a longtime viewer/photographer of meteor showers I'm well aware of normal characteristics) and the abrupt disappearence of the object. Both my wife and I viewed this object and we concur in our descriptions of what we observed. We are avid viewers of the night sky and absolute skeptics. The lack of smearing and the excellent definition of the object are why we are submitting this report. Hypothesis non fingo.