|Occurred : 5/14/2008 00:45 (Entered as : 05/14/08 00:45)
Reported: 5/22/2008 4:22:36 AM 04:22
Location: Ponca City, OK
|Bright round orange object over Ponca City, OK., moving due east.
On the morning of 05/14/08 I was star gazing as I often do when I’m able. Suddenly a very bright orange, round object appeared in the northwest sky moving due east. It was moving slower than a meteor but faster than an aircraft. It left no train at all behind it as meteors do. This object was extremely bright , and there was no sound at all. As it moved due east, it remained bright until the last 5 seconds when it slowly faded out then disappeared unlike any meteor I’ve ever seen. It looked as if someone/something slowly turned down the brightness until it became invisible. It was visible for about 20 seconds approximately. A very interesting object indeed.
I’ve viewed many meteor showers since 1983 and always attempt to view every meteor shower each year. I follow them very closely, and this was no meteor at all. This I’m sure of. The sheer brightness of it coupled with the speed and lack of a train convinced me of this. After observing hundreds and hundreds of meteors through the years, it’s easy to tell the difference between a meteor and an unknown object.
For the first time ever, I reported my sighting to our local PD, and the officer I spoke with seemed to believe I’d only observed a meteor. I know better and tried to explain to him why. I’m unsure if there were any other reports of this, but I know what I saw.