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Occurred : 10/9/2008 21:05 (Entered as : 10/09/08 21:05)
Reported: 10/13/2008 9:44:32 AM 09:44
Posted: 10/31/2008
Location: Chicago, IL
Shape: Flash
Duration:A few seconds
A UFO only in that the phenomena is currently unidentified.

I was walking my dog at approx. 9:05 p.m., from north to south. I just happened to glance skyward and I saw a bright flash with a tail travel rapidly across the sky in a roughly west to east direction. The object's brightness grew in intensity to a bright blue-white light and rapidly faded out as it travelled across the sky. From what I can recall (I haven't had a chance to post something until now), I believe the object was slightly below the moon at that time.

I'm a casual aerospace/astronomy enthusiast and have seen lots of shooting stars before, but this seemed bigger, brighter and more prominent. It appeared to travel slightly slower than a usual shooting star as well. I don't think this was an alien spacecraft; but could it have been some space junk re-entering the atmosphere or perhaps an iridium flare? The only reason why I'm not sure about an iridium flare is because it did seem to have a flaming tail to it, but it could have been an illusion.