|Occurred : 5/21/2005 22:10 (Entered as : 05/21/2005 22:10)
Reported: 5/21/2005 9:18:23 PM 21:18
Location: Arlington, TX
|It looked exactly like a Star and vanished into thin air after I had viewed it for about 3min. .
At 10:10pm tonite I was outside in my backyard with my dog and I began Star gazing . My house faces to the West and my backyard faces East.
I was on the NorthWest side of my house Star gazing when I saw a Star like object flying at a slow speed coming from the NorthWest. I first thought it was a airplane or helicopter because there is a Airfield located NorthEast of where I stay but, the closer it came I could hear no type of sound by it .
But what baffled me even more was before it could pass over my home the Object's lights started getting dim until there was no light nor Object at all . It totally and completely vanished .
Being an ex-Naval Airman I know for a fact that No Aircraft would turnout all of their lights for it would be very very dangerous and against FAA rules and Regs . I kept looking for about 5 min. trying to see if it would light up again but , there was no light , object , nor sound . I hope someone else will report this sighting as well . It was not a meteorite nor a falling Star . It was flying at a flat and straight angle and stayed at the same altitude when it vanished.
((RESPONSE TO WITNESS FROM NUFORC))
Dear ((name deleted)),
Thank you very much for the interesting report!
I just checked the Heavens-Above.com website, and it looks as though you may have witnessed the International Space Station. Its schedule for the last several days is below:
19 May 1.8 21:17:36 10 N 21:19:04 13 NNE 21:20:33 10 ENE
19 May 2.2 22:51:47 10 WNW 22:52:33 16 WNW 22:52:33 16 WNW
20 May -0.1 21:43:14 10 NNW 21:46:00 42 NE 21:46:40 35 ENE
21 May 0.4 22:09:58 10 WNW 22:12:26 34 WSW 22:12:26 34 WSW
You can see the ground track for the ISS here:
Thank you very much for sharing the information with our Center!