|Occurred : 10/9/2011 19:42 (Entered as : 10/09/11 19:42)
Reported: 11/14/2011 9:43:49 PM 21:43
Location: New Bedford, MA
|We saw many orange fireballs fly over New Bedford, MA.
It was an unusually warm night with very clear skies. At 7:42 PM, my son was driving his car near Buttonwood Park, in the City’s West End, when he saw five bright orange fireballs in the night sky. The fireballs seemed to be playing tag with each other, and their movement formed symmetrical patterns. He phoned us about it so we went outside to check them out.
Once in the street, we immediately saw the objects flying over the house in single file, and they made no sound. Every 30-seconds or so, a new fireball would appear just over the Western horizon. It followed the same path in the sky as if in a procession. Our son arrived at the house and the three of us continued to watch from the street.
The fireballs were orange and red on the outside and using binoculars, the center looked bright white. To the naked eye, the fireballs appeared to be about two to three times the size of Jupiter. Jupiter gives the appearance of a big bright star, and is currently the largest object in night sky beside the moon. I would guess that the objects were flying well above the stratosphere at tremendous speed as they covered half the sky in about 30-seconds!
The fireballs moved past us and onto a point just above the Eastern horizon where they would congregate in groups of three. Once the third fireball arrived and completed the group, the three would move close together and then disappear. One of the fireballs changed color to white and moved just above an orange one. The two merged together and then disappeared together. Evidently they don’t need three to make an exit.
We could see that the fireballs seemed to be playful in their movement about each other, and they were capable of changing color to yellow, orange, red, or white. The last fireball reached its Easterly destination at about 8:10 PM and then disappeared with its two mates.
We did not get any pictures but found many videos and pictures of fireballs just like them on the internet.
((NUFORC Note: Witness elects to remain semi-anonymous; provides no contact information. PD))