|Occurred : 12/31/2002 18:43 (Entered as : 12/31/2002 18:43)
Reported: 12/31/2002 5:12:05 PM 17:12
Location: Austin, TX
|A single eyewitness observed from a third-story balcony (west facing) 80 degrees from the normal plane and approximately 30 degrees north of the west-east axis what at first appeared to be a satellite or space station moving in the characteristicly linear sky-crossing manner usually observed in manmade orbital platforms. After watching the object for approximately 3 seconds, it abruptly changed direction (from my perspective, 25-30 degrees difference in heading) and appeared to accelerate. It then appeared to change direction again, this time appearing to moving out and away from the ground.