|Occurred : 7/4/2010 21:17 (Entered as : 07/04/10 21:17)
Reported: 7/7/2010 8:50:17 PM 20:50
Location: O'Fallon, MO
|Orange/amber sphere moving south to north over O'Fallon, MO
We were facing due east watching fireworks from our back yard and saw an orange/amber glowing sphere moving south to north at 9:17 pm Central.
Initially, we assumed it was a firework, but quickly realized that it wasn't. It was not an aircraft because it had no flashing lights indicative of an airplane or helicopter. We have two airports in close proximity and see air traffic regularly, and I'm familiar with the appearance of aircraft landing lights in foggy or cloudy conditions. Additionally, landing lights would not appear the color of this object, nor would they form a clearly defined spherical shape.
The object was a glowing orange/amber sphere or "orb". It maintained a constant speed and altitude, while traveling on a flat trajectory from south to north. It left no trail (contrail or smoke) and made no sound. The object remained visible for roughly one minute, leaving only enough time to grab a digital camera from our kitchen and take one picture before it moved over the north horizon out of view.
The cloud cover reported at Lambert International Airport (25 miles away) was cloudy at 7,000 ft and mostly cloudy at 15,000 ft. The object must have been below 15,000 ft in order to have remained clearly visible.