|Occurred : 12/21/2002 21:52 (Entered as : 122102 21:52)
Reported: 12/21/2002 9:07:42 PM 21:07
Location: Sarasota, FL
Duration:4 - 5 seconds
|Bright fireball travelling S - N leaving a trail
While on neighborhood security patrol we saw a very bright fireball travelling from south to north. It was a very clear night with a full moon. The fireball was leaving a trail. It caught our attention as soon as it passed directly overhead and was still very bright when we lost sight of it due to trees.
It looked similar to other Earth-grazer meteors I have seen, but lasted longer.
It was most likely a meteor, but I felt that it was worth reporting. I'm sure that many people driving on I-75 must have seen it.
If you want to update the report, my wife and I were talking about the object and think it may have lasted as long as 7 - 8 sec before losing sight of it.
I'm not a pilot at this time, but still hope to get licensed at some point. I made a career change last year that put flying on the back burner. I do fly R/C aircraft though and am currently building a 1/5th scale Cub.
Good luck on your search for a Cub!
Best regards, ((name deleted))