|Occurred : 10/1/2002 05:42 (Entered as : 10/1./02 05:42)
Reported: 10/1/2002 9:46:45 AM 09:46
Location: Seattle, WA
|Initially a comet in appearance, but speed was too slow.
Object initially appeared to be a meteor. However, the overall speed was modest (to be as close to the earth as it was) and it appeared very, very close.
I was traveling by car north on I-5 near Tukwilla (Kent), Washington. The object appeared directly ahead and above in my windshield and then traveled right descending down at a 60 degree angle.
Because the interstate is elevated (and the Kent valley is below road level), this object actually appeared to impact below my line of sight within the Kent valley.
In fact, it appeared so close I thought that if I could stop and park, I could walk to it.
The color of the object was soft yellow with green highlights. It had a trailing "tail" classic to photo images of comets. However, in seeing meteors from a long distance in the past, this object's speed was well below that of an incoming meteor when observed from far away. (Perhaps no more than 200-300 mph.)
((NUFORC Note: Probable meteor. Many other reports. PD))