|Occurred : 12/7/2005 18:55 (Entered as : 12-07-2005 18:55)
Reported: 12/8/2005 8:52:50 AM 08:52
Location: North Wilkesboro, NC
|Odd, slow moving dull red fireball leaving a trail.
A dull reddish-orange fireball appeared coming form the west and disappeared into the east. It was not very bright as with the other two fireballs I have witnessed in 30 years of observing the sky. It left trail that glowed for approx. 5 seconds. Facing north it was approx. 60 to 70 degrees above the horizon.
The odd thing was how slow it moved across the sky. I have seen hundreds of meteors (I am an amateur astronomer) and I have never seen one move this slowly before. The other three witnesses agreed that it was moving a lot slower than any meteor they had observed before.
I don't know exactly how to put this into words, but the whole event was just odd. I've never seen a meteor moving due east like that, nor acting like it did. It just kept heading east, never growing brighter or dimmer.
This was definitely not an airplane or a satellite, after all it left a trail.