|Occurred : 12/19/2013 16:00 (Entered as : 12/19/13 16:00)
Reported: 12/19/2013 6:07:28 PM 18:07
Location: Anchorage, AK
|Two large, bright red, circular objects falling out of the sky over Elmendorf AFB
I work at Lowe's right outside the gate of Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Anchorage Alaska. At approximately 4:00 p.m., I went out to sit in my car to take a lunch break but stopped before I got to my vehicle to chat briefly with a co-worker. I happened to be looking north toward the Muldoon base gate and saw two huge balls in the sky hurdling to the ground. They were bright red, yellow, and pink (the sun was setting, so that could explain the color) and were traveling/falling at the same speed right next to each other.
To me it seemed they were approximately 100 to 200 feet apart, but I have no way of gauging the distance from one another, nor how high in the sky they were, only that they were falling fast, as though they were crashing to the ground.
They could have been meteors. I watched them fall for about five minutes before the clouds obstructed the view.
((ADDENDUM FROM WITNESS))
Hmm...definitely weren't contrails. I'm an Air Force brat and have lived on air force bases my entire life (and still do) and have seen every imaginable jet in the sky from A-10 Warthogs to F-22s, and this was like nothing I have ever seen. I watched the sky for quite some time afterwards and saw no aircraft flying. These balls of light were vivid red and very distinctively circular in shape. It was around 4:00 Alaska time, which means the sun was starting to set, but it was by no means dark out. There was a short trail of light following the objects that like I said were yellow, pink, and red, but the objects themselves were red. The fact that I watched them in the sky for five minutes tells me they must have been way up there. As I watched them, I assumed they were meteors, it's just that I have seen meteor showers in the past and they always had long "tails" and were much more brief, and weren't nearly as colorful. Also, they came down almost completely vertically, slow enough that at times it seemed like they were suspended in the air. Have you heard of large meteors like this?
((NUFORC Note: Witness reports that the objects were not conventional "contrails." Meteors are not visible for five minutes. PD))