|Occurred : 8/5/2017 21:10 (Entered as : 08/05/17 21:10)
Reported: 8/5/2017 8:01:24 PM 20:01
Location: Niceville, FL
|Orange sphere traveling north west from the Gulf of Mexico just above the horizon; silent, level flight path
I was outside on the phone with my father, and I turned towards my house.
I noticed the object, an orange sphere, moving north east from the Gulf of Mexico, just above tree top height from my location. There was no sound. There were no anti-collision lights visible as would appear on man made aircraft.
I was to the left of the object, and the light was a steady brightness as it traveled. It was too slow and to be a shooting star, and left no visible trail as an object entering the atmosphere would do.
Now, the area around here is Eglin AFB Reservation, and I've seen helicopters, MV-22 Ospreys, C-130s, and various commercial aircraft at various times at night, and this wasn't any of those. It wasn't a parachute flare, as it was moving horizontally, and maintained a level flight path.
My background is military. Former Marine, worked on AV-8B Harriers for a decade. I'm very familiar with how aircraft look at night, and what they sound like at various distances.