|Occurred : 8/9/2010 22:00 (Entered as : 08/09/2010 22:00)
Reported: 8/13/2010 8:11:14 PM 20:11
Location: Regina (Canada), SK
|Glowing orange object in sky, saw it from directly below, was rounded in shape
Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. The evening of Monday, August 9th, I was walking my dog along our regular route, which I have walked for many years. It was approx 10 PM. I was walking southbound along a small creek. It was a hot, humid night, clear dark sky, no moon that I could see. To my left, eastward, an object came into view over the treetops. For a second, I thought it was a full, orange, harvest moon. It was about the size of a large full moon in the sky and glowed orange. It took me a second to realize that the object was moving, travelling east to west.
I then thought it had to be a meteor. However, this object did not streak or fall, nor did it have a trail. I stood there gaping at it as it passed directly overhead; when it was directly above me the orange glow became an orange "halo" around what i could see was an object with rounded edges. It appeared to be maybe 3500-4000 up; was completely silent, and travelled somewhat faster than an airplane, While directly above, the object appeared about "dime size" in the sky.
I watched the glowing fireball object as it continued west, until it was just a dot in the sky, and then i couldn't see it anymore. The entire event was about 30-40 seconds in duration. I was completely mind-boggled; I literally could not believe my eyes. I did snap a couple pics with my phone camera after it had passed overhead, but the object appears much smaller and further away than it actually was. I'm not a photographer; didn't think to use the video camera feature, did not even think to zoom in.
I called the local Airport Authority the following day and asked if this could have been a weather balloon, or if anyone else had reported seeing this weird glowing thing in the sky. I was advised they had no reports; also that it would not have been a weather ballon. I'm completely at a loss as to what it could have been. Googling since then, i have learned that these "fireball" sightings are common recently! I can attest that the one i saw was not a "ball" as when it passed directly overtop of me I could see that it was most definitely not lit up or glowing from the bottom.
I still can't quite believe it! I have never seen anything like this! I did not upload the pics, but would be willing to share them if asked.