|Occurred : 9/2/2014 16:05 (Entered as : 09/02/14 16:05)
Reported: 9/2/2014 9:09:21 PM 21:09
Location: Fort Worth, TX
|“Star” after sundown before stars out; instantly became brighter; white cloud like explosion; an object shot out
My wife and I witnessed an event that appeared to be an explosion of a very high aircraft or even a spacecraft. I reported to 911 as we were observing it. The 911 operator called back about 40 minutes later advising that she reported our sighting to the FAA and suggested I submit a report to you.
At 8:05 PM, about 30 minutes after sundown my wife and I were in the back yard. The sky was clear, half moon very bright. Light from the sun was still glowing in the western half of the sky. No stars were visible yet.
My wife pointed to a very bright star almost directly overhead. It was a Venus type brightness. I realized that it was too early for stars and is Venus currently visible at dawn. I then assumed it was a satellite reflecting sunlight which we often see. I quickly realized if it was a satellite it had to very large, like the International Space Station which we are familiar with. The ISS is not visible for us at this time.
I immediately recognized the “star” object was not a satellite because it seemed stationary almost directly overhead. It was absolutely not moving across the mid-point of the sky at the pace we often seen evening satellites moving.
Looking at the object for ten plus seconds it suddenly became several times brighter. The new brightness lasted about five seconds and then quickly dimmed to less brightness than it was originally.
A few seconds later a white cloud appeared around the star like object. We describe the size of the cloud as 20-30 diameters of the “star” object. I arrived at that diameter simulating the size of the “star” object with an ink dot and thereby extrapolating the size of the cloud. The cloud was semitransparent rather that a very solid white; however it was definitely white.
Suddenly a bright “star” like object moved out of the cloud area at an angle to the right and from our perspective it appeared to be moving downward as if falling toward earth. The “falling” object was far less bright than the original object.
I had my cell phone in hand so I dialed 911 to report the sighting in case it was some type of high altitude explosion. The cloud and falling object were visible as I made contact with the 911 operator and gave my report. The cloud and then the object faded from view while I was still on the phone, which I assume was about a minute.
I checked the exact time of the sighting by my cell phone record of the 911 call.
After the sighting faded, I looked around in the sky and because of the fading sunlight, there were no stars or planets visible.