|Occurred : 12/20/2001 19:30 (Entered as : 12/20/01 19:30)
Reported: 1/2/2002 1:45:54 PM 13:45
Location: Goodlettsville, TN
Duration:approx. 10 seconds
|slowly arching light brightens into flame then trails into oblivion
my wife and i were returning home from an outing. it was approximately 7:30 p.m. i had gotten my sleepy daughter from the back, passenger side child seat. i love to view the night skies. i was standing in the driveway looking upward, as i usually do when arriving back home at night. i noticed that from the west, from up over the roof from the back side of our home, a very brilliant fireball/reddish looking light. i at first thought it may have been a satellite because of the slower-than-a-falling-star motion and the way it arched across the sky. i commented out loud as to how unusual that was. (my wife doesn't get into that kind of stuff like i do) i watched it trail almost directly overhead in an easterly direction then slightly bank. it still continued in an easterly direction but the color changed to a very brilliant red and seemed to either be on fire or reflecting the sun, considering it's apparent altitude. i have studied aircraft for years and had even started pilot training several years ago. (ran out of money) i would judge the altitude to be something upwards of 50,000 ft. it initially appeared to be a satellite. i watched it seem to leave a 'dust' trail as it slowly seemed to burn up. perhaps it could have been a deliberate attempt to destroy some 'space junk'. i'm not sure. i thought that it would be unusual to 'destroy' a satellite in that manner, though probably not completely out of the question. the entire viewing pleasure lasted approximately 7-15 seconds. who knows. perhaps there were more sets of eyes that had the privilege of seeing the abnormality, as well.