|Occurred : 12/17/2020 16:46 (Entered as : 121720 16:46)
Reported: 12/18/2020 6:36:50 PM 18:36
Location: Jackson, TN
|Orange fireball slowly moved across the sky at sunset
Just prior to sunset a coworker radioed that there was something burning in the sky. When went to see a bright orange glowing object was moving from east to west at a speed that to me appeared to be standing still. Two other objects were observed in line of sight but dismissed as aircraft.
It was not the object that I noticed when I looked but the change in color of the sunset. I observed the sunset just a few minutes earlier before I had gone into a building which was a vivid gold color. When I was called out to see the object the entire western horizon had been muted to a purplish grey haze. After the object was no longer in sight (went below horizon) the bright vivid colors of the sunset returned.
Shape was oblong-globe with a short trail left behind.
Speculated that it was possibly a sayalite that had reentered the outer atmosphere A coworker photographed the event at 16:46 hours, I photographed the sunset at 15:03 hours to show contrast between the grey horizon during the event vs the normal sunset after the event.