|Occurred : 8/10/1998 23:30 (Entered as : 08/10/98 23:30)
Reported: 8/11/1998 17:24
Location: Georgetown, TX
|Appeared to be space-plane re-entering atmosphere. Eventually flew directly overhead without ever making a sound. First appeared to be leaving trail of light that did not dissipate.
I walked outside the front door at 10:30 PM. It was a clear night, and I had my exterior flood lights on as well as the rest of my neighbors usually do at this time of night. Looking to the west, just over the treetops, I noticed a white ball with a tinge of yellow and red. This light's flight pattern was basically perpendicular to me in a north to south direction. As it travelled, it produced a large, long illuminated trail. The characteristic of it was incredible. The trail did not dissipate and appeared to move along with the front being the ball of light. I can't tell you what the trailing was . . . if it was flying on a beam of light . . . if the trail was actually part of it's structure . . . or if its hull was superheated from atmospheric braking. I'm guessing that it turned from a north-south direction to an ENE direction. The reason why I say that is that it went from an elongated shape to a round ball shape with no trail. I called my friend out to observe this. It seemed to have stabalized which leads me to believe that it was traveling quite a distance directly toward me. The brightness started to fade like turning out a camping lantern. At that time regular red, green, and white aircraft strobes appeared to turn on. I cannot be sure that the ball of light and the stobes were from the same vehicle, but the vehicle proceeded toward me and over me at a leisurely speed similar to other aircraft I would watch leave the local airport. As it passed overhead it was just out of clear visular range, but appeared to be triangular or at least flat-backed. We listened very hard, and we heard a whisper of some sound which really did not keep pace in any way with the craft. If I had to make a conjecture, I would say it was a military space plane . . . but most definitely highly visible and unusual.