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Occurred : 3/19/2009 12:22 (Entered as : 03/19/09 12:22)
Reported: 3/18/2009 11:50:55 PM 23:50
Posted: 3/19/2009
Location: Rapid City, SD
Shape: Light
Duration:20 seconds
Seemingly shooting star spilt into 4 objects, then joins back up into one object in the Black Hills.

I was parked in my driveway getting out of the car when I thought I saw a shooting star in the Western part of the sky, over the Black Hills, moving North East. I exclaimed to my husband - "look! A shooting star! Make a wish!"

But what I thought was a star wasn't. It didn't fade out, it seemed very close to Earth too close to be anything but an airplane), it made no noise at all, and the shooting star-like thing split, uniformly, into 4 parts. The 4 parts looked like shooting stars, same size as the original and they moved slightly away from each other.

After moving away from each other for 5 seconds, still going North East very quickly, they joined back up in a uniform fashion. They didn't lose or gain speed, they just moved very fast at a steady pace. By this time, I was squealing at my husband to get out of the car to see this, but the "shooting star" moved to a spot in the sky behind some trees in the yard, and I did not see it again. I looked all around for anything that might have reflected light, like tree branches or power lines, but I found none. This occurred in the middle of the night on a very quiet residential street, and no one else was around.

There were no trains, cars, airplanes or clouds around at all. I hope I gave you enough info!

This was a very exciting experience!