|Occurred : 12/23/2013 19:00 (Entered as : 12/23/13 19:00)
Reported: 12/28/2013 8:11:56 AM 08:11
Location: Marietta, MN
|Flickering orange "star" becomes transitory, races across the sky
Stepped outside to look at the stars and listen to coyotes around 7:00 PM. There was a faint mist in the upper atmosphere that put a halo around each star. High in the northwestern sky I noticed another bright orange “star” that just didn’t fit in. After observing it for several seconds, it drifted slowly toward the southeast. It kept a gradual pace for about ten seconds, then quickly accelerated, suddenly flickering white and then back to blaze orange again. Its light was brilliant, many times brighter than Sirius or Jupiter, despite the upper-level mist. After roughly one minute, it had cruised across the sky and was over the southeastern horizon.