|Occurred : 7/30/2005 00:00 (Entered as : 07/30/1905 0:00)
Reported: 8/12/2005 10:58:09 AM 10:58
Location: Bastrop County (rural area), TX
|FASt, satellirt-like "sparkling" object moving west to east and crossing almost the full sky in 10-20 seconds.
I don't know that what I saw is in amy way unusual - it may well be completely conventional, but I was struck by the characteristics of this object.
It was up in the clear night sky, similar in size and velocity to a satellite. What was unusual (at least in my experience) was that it "sparkled" - I have been referring to it as a "fast sparkler". It sparkled in a regular pattern, it seemed to me, in maybe three levels of intensity, over the space of a second or a bit less.
My personal explanation is that is is a pulse-jet driven craft (Aurora?) but who knows? Maybe it was a conventional military craft at Mach+ speeds.
I do not believe it was a meteor as it did not appear to change it's flight characteristics in any way (altitude, sparkle rhythm, brightness) and it appeared to be travelling precisely west to east.
I saw it cross at least 80% of an almost horizon-to-horizon vista over a span of maybe as much as 30 seconds.
If it wasn't for the speakle, I would have assumed it to be a satellite and not given it any more thought.