|Occurred : 11/18/2006 22:52 (Entered as : 11/18/06 22:52)
Reported: 11/21/2006 6:31:13 AM 06:31
Location: Nichols, FL
Duration:15 minutes +
|Watching for Leonid meteors in eastern sky, observed bright multi-colored object travelling in a south to north arc.
Watching for Leonid meteors in eastern sky, observed bright multi-colored object travelling in a south to north arc, the highest point being approximately 40 degrees above the horizon.
Object appeared to be multi-color and rotating/tumbling or to have multiple pulsing lights (red, blue and bright white).
Attempted to capture video of object (approx. 11 minutes captured), but video quality is not very good due to lack of tripod, and difficulty focusing on object in dark sky.
Also observed object through telescope, but was unable to determine actual shape or approximate size.
Object appeared several times brighter than any other astronomical object that was viewable at that time.
Consulted astronomical software, and the only man made object that was supposed to be in that area of night sky was MIR, however data indicated that it would have appeared approximately 1 hour earlier, and would only have been visible for 3 to 4 minutes.
Observed the object for at least 20 minutes total, and returned indoors while object was still visible.