|Occurred : 11/18/2001 05:00 (Entered as : 11/18/01 5:00)
Reported: 11/19/2001 7:56:02 AM 07:56
Location: Dickinson, TX
|single point lite source changing occasionally to bipolar red/azure elongated object rapidly jerking around nite sky
While observing the leonid shower we saw what initially appeared to be another satillite travelling south to north stop and reverse direction at the same speed, initially a bright point of light at the same magnitude of a typical star or a little brighter. It then made an abrubt right angle turn to the east, followed by a full clockwise 360 that was approx. one half of your fist size held at arms length. For the next 50 minutes or so we watched this object make similar manouvers along with completely stopping, accelerating instantaniously to approx. 4-5 times the typical satillite speed, sometimes in stacatto bursts. All wittnessed "flight" occured apprx. 45 to 70 degress above the horizon, and covered approx. 30 degrees of the compass. Twice another ver small lite sourch dropped out of the object at a 30 degree angle to the rear and once the same size lite re-enentered the main oject from the same course in reverse. Several times during different manouvers the main object appeared to be elongated with an azure light on one end an a red light on the other.As dawn apprached it was only outlasted by saturn, jupitor, and 3 large stars.This was witnessed by three professional adults and two intelligent 17 year olds. All movements almost appeared to be entirely random and very abrupt.