|Occurred : 8/14/1999 23:00 (Entered as : 08/14/99 23:00)
Reported: 8/16/1999 23:55
Location: Trout Lake, WA
|A lower orbit satellite appearing object moving unusually slow for a satellite became a billiant orange ball 3-4 times it's original size for about 5-10 seconds and then collapsed back to it's satellite appearance and contined slowly on in the same direction.
A large group of people were enjoying a camp fire and watching satellites and shooting stars cross the sky, an unusually slow moving satellite moving from the north to south over Mt. Adams area caught everyone's attention. It at first appeared to be just a satellite(small and white) and we watched it for about 5 seconds when it began inflating into a perfect sphere of solid brilliant orange light which was at least 3-4 times it's original size. It continued in the same direction and same speed displaying this absolutely gorgeous brilliant orange light-so bright that it was fire ballish in brilliance. The orange light was absolutely opaque displaying a well defined crisp spherical shape, the light was extremely concentrated and brilliant. There was no hazy light or fan out around the object, there was no tail. It continued to travel as this inflated fireball for 5-10 seconds. It then deflated and returned to it's original satellite appearance (small and white) for another 5-10 seconds until it faded into the night sky. It did not change speed or direction.