|Occurred : 6/27/2000 21:50 (Entered as : 06/27/00 21:50)
Reported: 8/21/2000 11:09
Location: Bakersfield, CA
|I observed what I believed to be a meteor, however I watched it cross the entire sky for about 90 seconds.
On June 27, at approximately 2150 hours, I saw what I believe was a "falling star" in the western sky at about 30-35 degrees. As I watched it, it travelled east across the sky until it was beyond the eastern horizon. The event lasted about 90 seconds, allowing me time to get binoculars from the trunk of my car and watch it travel. The altitude remained constant throughout my observation as did the object's speed. The object appeared to be very far away, orange in color, with a "tail". The object appeared to be very hot or burning because as I looked at it through the binoculars it appeared to have smaller pieces falling from the "tail" and they too would create a tail, but they would drop in altitude. A co-worker of mine also witnesses the object, as did my neighbor, who was outside at the same time as me. My co-worker thought it was something from Vandenberg AFB, but I have never seen anything from there travel inland.