|Occurred : 6/8/2000 22:15 (Entered as : 06/08/00 22:15PST)
Reported: 6/9/2000 05:06
Location: Kelowna (Canada), BC
|Object leaving earth orbit??
Hmmm...outside having a smoke, watching for minor northern lights due to solar flares announced on tv. Noticed what I thought was another satellite treking along in orbit. Watched it for about 5 seconds or more when it (just a small bright light, no brighter than any other object in orbit) flared a very bright, roundish, white light for one brief second. After the flare diminished I noticed that the direction it was following had changed by approximately 30 degrees from my perspective with one difference, it was now moving out of orbit as the object had increased it's speed in that flash and moving at a new constant speed. As it was moving on the new direction it was progressively going from the small bright light (1 - 2 millimeters across) to a smaller and less bright state until it could no longer be seen. I noticed it while facing west, looking upwards at approx 70 degrees ascention. So far as I know anything we have that 'leaves orbit' requires several seconds of 'burn' before it can reach the speeds needed to totally overcome earths gravity. I see that adding contact info in here is not desired, but I would like to know if anyone else had noticed this aside from myself. If so please contact ((name deleted)) as I'm overly curious now. Thanks