|Occurred : 9/1/2004 20:45 (Entered as : 09/01/2004 20:45)
Reported: 9/1/2004 6:41:45 PM 18:41
Location: Brighton, MA
|Very bright star, no tail, moving at the speed of an airplane, then diming to nothing within seconds.
From the Boston area, I saw what looked like a bright star (maybe a little brighter than the brightest star in the sky). It was moving south at the pace of a low flying airplane (reasonably quick), but it had no flashing lights and made no sound. Because of this, I assumed it was VERY high up. But I wouldn't think a plane that high would move quite that fast. After watching it for a couple of minutes, it began to dim. I watched closely as it faded to complete invisibility within about 20 to 30 seconds. At this point it was still near the highest point in the nights sky, according to my vision. In other words, it was nowhere near the horizon. I thought it may be a satellite, but if it was in orbit, why would it vanish so quickly as if it were moving away from earth?
((NUFORC Note: The description is not inconsistent with a satellite, we believe. PD))