|Occurred : 10/17/2005 06:45 (Entered as : 10/17/2005 06:45)
Reported: 10/17/2005 11:15:22 AM 11:15
Location: Orlando, FL
|Odd movement and speed of star-sized object in early morning sky
I was walking my dog just before sunrise. As we stopped for a few seconds, I looked up at the sky, which is my habit to do. At about 75 degrees up from the horizon, I saw what looked like a small star emerge from another, larger star...this was probably an illusion,as I believe the smaller object simply passed in front of the larger one. But it was this emerging that got my attention.
I thought, "Cool...a satellite", as the small object moved from west to east. I then noticed the quality of its illumination, which seemed to be more of a glow as opposed to reflected light or from an incandescent source.
I watched it for about 4 or 5 seconds, as it moved at what seemed to be a believable speed for a satellite(don't really know, as I am not familiar with this enough to know for certain), when it came to a complete stop. While stopped, it remained the size it had been (a bit larger than pin head), so I do not think it was coming more in my direction, but was at a standstill. If I had held a ruler up to the sky along the path it traveled, it would have gone a few inches over a foot, in a straight line, before stopping.
After a second or 2, it bolted in a more northerly direction...this was at about a 30 degree angle to its stopped position, and moving at least 4 times as fast as it had been ( I say this as it appeared to cover as much space going in this new direction in a little over a second as it did when moving in the beginning of my sighting, which lasted 5 seconds). As it bolted away, it never seemed to get any closer to the horizon, which also struck me as a bit odd. It remained very visible, and then, it was gone.
I will draw an illustration of this event, scan it, and send it via email soon.