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Occurred : 4/27/2012 20:24 (Entered as : 04/27/12 20:24)
Reported: 4/27/2012 8:30:06 PM 20:30
Posted: 5/13/2012
Location: Virginia Beach, VA
Shape: Fireball
Duration:2-3 minutes
Small fiery orange sphere floats over Va Beach neighborhood and travels slowly, silently and steadily away.

I usually walk my dog in the evenings after sunset/dark. I have been fascinated by being able to see the International Space Station during my walks (and subscribe to a NASA feed from http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/realdata/sightings/ that lets me know when I can see it) and I enjoy watching the stars and their different position in the sky at different times of the year. Tonight the moon and Venus are farther apart than the last two nights.

As I was walking my dog tonight (in a neighborhood behind First Colonial High School in Virginia Beach), I saw an orange sphere floating approximately 50-100 feet above the street/sidewalk. It looked like a home-made see-through contraption that someone put a candle or some other heat source in to make it rise like a hot air balloon. It was only about a foot in diameter. It seemed as if one of the neighbors had launched it from their back yard. It floated in the air and slowly, steadily and silently rose and traveled northwestward toward Venus. As it got farther and farther away, its course gradually became more westward. It had no tail or exhaust or contrail, just a glowing orange sphere. It became smaller and smaller like the size of a star to the human eye and then was no longer visible. The total duration of this encounter was approximately 2-3 minutes.