|Occurred : 7/14/2008 03:20 (Entered as : 07/14/08 03:20)
Reported: 7/14/2008 12:53:40 AM 00:53
Location: Brampton (Canada), ON
|Small single light the size of a small star moved at a moderate speed very high up then glowed very very brightly and dimmed quickly
I witnessed this in the western part of Brampton, Ontario, Canada at 03:20 hrs. I was looking up into the sky – as I often do – and noticed a small light moving at a steady rate overhead. It seemed to be very high up and I thought it may have been a satellite – as I have seen these on many occasions. I watched as it maintained a steady movement across the sky from the southeast to the southwest.
It appeared – in size – to be the same as the smallest surrounding stars and equally as faint/bright. As it got most of the way across the sky, it suddenly got brighter and brighter and brighter until it was almost as bright as Venus – which was in the western sky some distance away. It was almost as if it was a satellite that entered the atmosphere and burned-up. It dimmed rather quickly from it's brightest point and there was a hazy blue-white glow in the sky where the sighting ended. My eyes were temporarily affected by the brightness – I couldn't see as well in the dark for several seconds – this is how bright it glowed. If I had to describe it, it reminded me of burning magnesium – something I witnessed several years ago in high school chemistry class.
I don't know what this was but I am certain it was not an airplane. It could have been an object which burned up in the atmosphere. It was far far far to slow to have been a meteor. Ironically I witnessed a different sighting a few years ago in the same general area of the sky a few miles from this location. A neighbour told me that she had witnessed a triangular craft in the same general area some time ago.