|Occurred : 11/21/1998 22:00 (Entered as : 11/21/98 22:00)
Reported: 11/22/1998 16:03
Location: Avon (Outer Banks), NC
|Single points of light, orange/yellow in color, much like meteors. There was broken cloudcover, and the lights would appear and disappear through the cloud cover.
Initial observation was looking out over the ocean (east)from a hotel balcony which limited the overall field of vision. One light passed north to south in a straight line. I assumed it was a meteor. Then another light passed south to north within seconds and made a series of minor turns. I don't believe that meteors follow curved paths. My friend then came out and also observed a few of the lights many of which would disappear from our view overhead. We went down to the beach and found the embers from a camp fire. I assumed that we had seen flying embers though I didn't understand how they could have come from very different directions nor how they could seem to disappear through clouds implying some height. We covered the fire with sand and saw 2 more of the lights. I am an engineer and the other observer an insurance professional. We have both been amateur astronomers. My perception was that the objects were quite small. There paths reminded my of wind born objects yet they traveled in very different directions; no two followed the same path. There apparent origin points would also cover a wide expanse. The apparent brightness of the objects was minimal; no brighter than the stars in Orion's belt. Please see the 11/14 picture at the following website (http://www.((address deleted)).html). People flying burning gliders? The changes in "origin" puzzle me, buit the winds were quite strong and gusty.