|Occurred : 10/23/2003 21:00 (Entered as : 10/23/2003 9:00)
Reported: 10/23/2003 8:31:23 PM 20:31
Location: Houston, TX
It is a fun thing to do in the evening to count the satellites seen with the naked eye after sunset. These are very small dots of light traveling in various directions, and at different speeds. The average viewable time is approximately 1 1/2 minute. For the past several evenings I have spotted what appear to be satellites coming from slightly west of North traveling in a straight line toward the South. As they approach a point about about half way across their transit, they make a turn to the right, and accelerate at a high rate toward the West. As they start to make the turn, they appear to slow down. There is no sound or lights, or any clue that they are anything other than mundane satellites. The speed they achieve as they travel to the West is amazing.