|Occurred : 12/1/2001 22:10 (Entered as : 12/01/01 22:10)
Reported: 12/2/2001 12:45:32 AM 00:45
Location: Olathe, KS
Duration:3 min. ?
|Streaking, Slashing, formation of lights going slowly across sky
Saturday, Dec. 1, 2001. 10:20 Central. West of Olathe, Kansas.
Driving west on 135th Street just opposite Lake Olathe. Looking west, strings of light appeared from SW horizon. color-reddish to orange. I would estimate a 55 degree angle from the western horizon and the objects covered about 10-15 degrees vertically.The objects were two (or three) strings (possibly "slashes", or a combination of strings and slashes) of very bright light. It was as if it was a meteor but it was not. The object(s) covered about 1/3 of the sky. It was very clear and the full moon was to our back. The object proceded NNE in the sky toward Kansas City and disappeared over the horizon. There was NO sound.It was difficult to tell the distance. However there were at least two, possibly three blinking lights (as in aircraft) escorting the object. The blinking lights were small to indicate a good distance. If this is the case, the object(s were HUGH. It could have been one object trailing strings of lights, or a perimeter of lights. From the angle we viewed the object it was hard to tell. They were very bright and could have been connected. The object did not "burn" as in a meteor but trailed away from direction of movement. We stopped the car and got out to view this phenomenom. Again, NO SOUND. We have seen meteors, and images of reentering space junk. This was NOT like that at all. The two main trails of lights traveled parallel to one another. One trail consited of two brighter trails and could have been a third trail. It was close to the other trail. We originally thought it was an airplane having difficulty but this was not the case. Very unusual and awsome!
((NUFORC Note: We suspect the witness is describing the re-entry event that occurred at approximately 2120 hrs. (Mountain) on Saturday, December 01, 2001. Please see following URL for details: <http://science.nasa.gov/headlines/y2001/ast03dec_1.htm?list49634>. PD))