|Occurred : 11/18/2001 05:30 (Entered as : 11/18/01 0530)
Reported: 11/19/2001 7:14:58 AM 07:14
Location: Dickinson, TX
|Erratic point of light observed over the Galveston Bay area, TX.
At 5 AM four friends and I were watching the Leonid meteor shower from the roof top of a home along Dickinson bay, TX. Enjoy the show, we also observed a few satilites. We then saw a point of light that we at first believed to be a satelite. However, it was traveling roughly SE to NW, a direction I haven't seen before. The point of light was typical of a satelite: about the size & brightness of an average star, and moving in a straight line at a typical speed for a satelite. Within 2", however, the light momentarily came to a complete stop, and reversed direction. It then stopped again and began a series of rough circles, stoping for a few minutes after each completed circle. My friends reported smaller points of light leaving and returning to the object at one point in time (I was watching an appoaching plane, which I thought might have been a reconisance flight from the near-by air force base). After about a half dozen of these circular trajectories, the object remained motionless, and faded-out with the light of dawn. We watched this object for about 30". The sky was clear. Its cirlcles were limited to probably no more than 5 degrees of distance. We feel that a plane, helicopter, and weather balloon can be ruled out.