|Occurred : 1/1/2008 00:08 (Entered as : 01/01/08 00:08)
Reported: 1/1/2008 2:22:19 AM 02:22
Location: Nunapitchuk, AK
|Red fireball looking object passing a village in Alaska.
My mother and aunt were looking out the window during the fireworks and asked if there was a plane out there. I looked out to see what they were talking about, and what we saw was a slow-moving, bright orange fireball looking object. It was going straight South towards the next village over, Akula, Alaska.
My sisters and brother and a few others were outside and saw the exact same thing. I ran outside with my aunt to take a better look, and it was still moving south in a steady pace. It looked almost exactly like a meteor, except it was moving very slowly. There were about 3 points behind the head of it, like it was burning up, but there were no tails that are usually associated with meteors. There were no sounds whatsoever.
While it was getting further away, it was getting dimmer, and the more it seemed to go away from us, rather than passing by, it started disappearing.
It slowed down for a few seconds, changed direction, and turned again, and resumed at the same speed it was going in the beginning of the sighting.
I don't know what that was, but everyone where we were saw it. One of the witnesses is a police officer and is very knowledgeable about things in the night sky and the surrounding areas, having been in night shifts a lot the past few years.
It was at least a mile away, and at most 2 miles away. Still it was huge and bright.
I live in a village where planes pass a lot, and I know what they look like during the day and at night. The lights and the shape looked nothing like a plane. Planes that low and close are usually loud. Especially on a night as calm as tonight. After observing the object as it passed for a few minutes, everyone here agrees that it wasn't a plane either.