|Occurred : 6/3/2015 23:50 (Entered as : 06/03/15 23:50)
Reported: 6/4/2015 12:08:40 AM 00:08
Location: Garden City, SC
|Bright orange glow in the sky of the east coast
On June 3, 2015, I was on vacation with my family in Garden City, South Carolina (just south of Myrtle Beach).
It was a full moon and absolutely beautiful outside, and at approximately 11:45 PM EDT, I went down to the beach to sit around for a while.
I got to the beach and was standing in ankle deep water trying to take a picture of the moon over the water, when I noticed something more directly overhead and to the right, which was south of my exact location. Upon further investigation I saw a bright orange glow in the sky, and immediately thought “plane”.
I looked at it for another second or two and realized it wasn’t a plane at all-it was too bright, too consistent in color, and at the distance that I could perceive it was, moving far too fast to be a plane. To serve as a point of reference, I immediately thought of planes that fly in on a regular basis. Just earlier in the evening, I was sitting on the balcony with my grandparents, watching two planes circle over the ocean, before going back inland to land at Myrtle Beach airport. They moved much slower than whatever the glowing orange thing in the sky was.
I’m a Coast to Coast AM insider and overall nerd, so I immediately stopped trying to take a picture of the moon and started trying to get a picture/video of the bright orange glow in the sky. Despite my best efforts, I couldn’t get my camera to focus on it and get a good look with my phone. I don’t know if that was user error or something else.
Also as a point of comparison, when you see a plane, and particularly soon after takeoff, it appears to go upwards, but also horizontally-it looks like its climbing at a steady rate. While the bright orange glow was moving quickly, and upwards, after a couple seconds, it went straight up. Its horizontal motion was short lived and once it started going straight up, it was completely out of sight within seconds.
I took a second to gather myself and called a friend who is a fellow nerd and MUFON member. My iPhone call record states I placed that call at 11:52 PM EDT, and I deduce the approximate time that I saw the bright orange glow was 11:50.
I only got to see it for 20-30 seconds, but there’s no doubt in my mind that whatever it was isn’t from around here.
More about me; I’m a church music director in a denomination of Christianity you’ve heard of before. I have a undergraduate degree in church music, and I’m currently back in school working on an accounting-add on to my degree, with intentions of becoming a CPA. As far as anyone can tell, I have a clean bill of mental health.
I count myself lucky and blessed to have gotten to see something of such coolness on such a beautiful night. The only thing I hate about it is no one else got to see it with me; my girlfriend turned in early, and I’m kind of mad at her about it.