|Occurred : 1/5/2007 20:59 (Entered as : 01/05/07 20:59)
Reported: 1/5/2007 8:20:21 PM 20:20
Location: Huntsville, AL
|Rapidly moving object looks like it might impact ground
As I looked west and up, I saw a light moving rapidly through the sky. My first impression was that it was a satellite, but it was moving much too rapidly. I have observed the International Space Station and it moved very slowly, in comparison. The magnitude and color (white like that of a satellite) of the light of the object was constant, and there was no tail behind the object, nor trail left in the sky following the object. The object, at first, appeared to travelling roughly parallel to the ground, but as it moved away from me, it looked as though it had changed trajectory toward the ground and that it might impact somewhere on the Redstone Arsenal. No impact was observed. No sound was heard.
A small aircraft was flying from north to south at the time of the sighting and the object would have been visible to the pilot through the right-hand window. My vantage point is high above the city (approximately 600 feet) and visibility was unlimited. The sky was perfectly clear with good astronomical seeing conditions. I would estimate the object to have had a constant brightness of approximately equivalent to a star magnitude of 3 to 3.4.
It is possible that the object was a meteor, but its characteristics did not convince me that it was.