|Occurred : 10/12/2004 20:27 (Entered as : 10/12/2004 20:27)
Reported: 10/12/2004 6:26:55 PM 18:26
Location: North Port, FL
|An orange/yellow star-like cylinder with a hazy, glow transited Florida from SSE to NNW at 30 elevation on 10/12/04 @2327 EDT
At Approximately 8:27 PM EDT, Tuesday, October 12, 2004, I stepped out of my house to check the sky for clouds, anticipating a satellite pass, when I observed a -3/-4 magnitude star-type cylindrical object moving from south-east to north-west, 20 to 30 degrees above the horizon. At first, I thought it was the ISS (International Space Station). It appeared to have the same orangish/white color as the ISS. I then noticed it had a haze or glow around it, and was LARGER in relative size than the ISS. The object tracked on a path similar to a satellite, but did not "Feel" the same. It dissappeared over the horizon to the north. The conditions were CAVU: Ceiling And Visibility Unlimited, with a sodium vapor street light 300 feet to my relative west. After checking the Marshall Space Flight Center's J-Pass Web Site (http://science.nasa.gov/RealTime/JTrack/3D/JTrack3D.html) for satellite overflights and found none near Florida, I called MacDill AFB in Tampa. The Duty Officer said they had no information on any missile tests or other activities, and would log my call.