|Occurred : 10/7/2008 20:30 (Entered as : 10/07/08 20:30)
Reported: 10/8/2008 9:12:36 AM 09:12
Location: Gainesville/Haymarket, VA
|Two extremely fast moving lights spotted in Virginia.
Hello, I am reporting a series of lights my wife and I saw in the Gainesville/Haymarket Va area.
Between 8:00-8:30pm my wife and I were traveling in our car near the Gainesville/Haymarket Virginia area when she said "LOOK,what in the world is that,look how fast it's moving" I stopped the car, look out her window and saw an extremely fast moving light heading west. We didn't hear any sound and the light was a interesting one. I can only describe it as a circle with a reddish light on the bottom that slowly glowed brighter as the light sped away in a westerly direction. The light was moving at such speeds it's hard to describe it accurately. I estimate it at approximately 100 feet off the ground and covering 10-15 miles in just seconds, I would assume there has to be regulations against such speeds at these lower levels. The light was moving from east to west and in a flash it was out of sight over the Bull Run mountains.
If that wasn't enough excitement for one night we encountered another light just minutes after seeing the first.
As we proceeded on from the first sighting, approx 3-5 miles, heading toward the Manassas Battlefield, we encountered another light. This light was also moving east to west but was neon green in color and noticeably much smaller. The light was also close to the ground, it couldn't have been higher than 100 feet and again moving at a speed faster than anything I have ever seen. As with the earlier light, it was headed toward the Bull Run Mountains and in a flash it was gone.
I am a avid astronomer and know this wasn't a Meteor or any other type of natural light phenomena.
I am also a very practical person but I quite can't wrap my head around what this was. I wanted to report this to you in hopes maybe someone else in the area saw the same thing we did.
((NUFORC Note: Witness elects to remain totally anonymous; provides no contact information. Witness describes self as having a great deal of experience at viewing the night sky. Also, is an academician. PD))