|Occurred : 7/5/2014 23:45 (Entered as : 07/05/14 23:45)
Reported: 7/5/2014 10:35:08 PM 22:35
Location: Virginia Beach, VA
|On July 5 at 11:45 p.m., I was with my dogs in the backyard during their potty break because one is scared of fireworks. I enjoy stargazing & frequently look up while outside at night (my back door faces east) and since the moon is only 1/2 full and low on the horizon, it was dark in the yard & I just used a flashlight.
Moving southwest to northeast in a straight line I was surprised to see what appeared to be a bright red rectangular shaped object with a bright white light in the middle. The shape was something like a sport skydiver might use, except this rectangular object was moving lengthwise. I know it wasn't a helicopter (saw & heard the police chopper flying earlier before & after the fireworks show), it didn't look like a plane and I never heard any sounds.
I moved to the front yard to get a longer view of it and saw my neighbor (retired military, worked on helicopters) so I called him over to look at it. He was as surprised and puzzled as I was. He didn't hear anything and saw the same rectangular shape and colors as it was moving away from us. The object eventually grew dim and disappeared from out sight, the entire episode lasting 1 to 1-1/2 minutes.
I checked the ISS schedule, but knew I wouldn't find it listed as flying by. I've seen the ISS before & this object was larger/lower in the sky and I could make out a shape vs. the ISS's large all white light image.