|Occurred : 9/25/2008 20:30 (Entered as : 09/25/08 20:30)
Reported: 9/26/2008 10:21:38 AM 10:21
Location: Las Vegas, NV
|"Shooting Star" Slows, Turns, and Spirals Inward
I was stargazing shortly after dusk when I saw a shooting star in the NE sky. This appeared "normal" -- except I saw a lot of detail... a bright white light at the head with a green tail, headed East Moments later, from the same general area where the first object faded, I saw what I thought was a slightly less bright red-tinted shooting star, heading towards the northwest. This is when things got odd. This second object slowed down almost to a crawl (still moving smoothly like a shooting star). Never coming to a complete stop, it turned hard right, accelerated, and made a circle, spiraling inside the circle towards its center before disappearing.
Do 'shooting stars' do loops?? Seconds afterwards, as I was attempting to begin to describe what I saw to my wife, two USAF fighter jets flew in a path that took them directly over my neighborhood, and at a much lower flight level than I've ever seen out here.
FYI I am on the far northern end of the valley. To my East is Nellis AFB. To my NW is the bombing range. However these planes sure must have been in a hurry to have been flying so low.
Afterwards, there was one more green colored "normal" shooting star which my wife did see, and a strange plane which was also flying fairly low but without sound. It headed over the mountain to my North and then down the spine and over the mountains. I have seen objects that look like stars initially seem to "land" behind this mountain on several occasions, but I have never seen a shooting star do a loopty-loop.