|Occurred : 12/30/2005 18:15 (Entered as : 12/30/05 18:15)
Reported: 12/30/2005 6:43:06 PM 18:43
Location: Lewisville, TX
Duration:1 to 1.5 min.
|Bright light moving silently, west to east
My wife and I were in our front yard checking out Mars, Venus and some stars, using our Canon 10x30 I.S. binoculars. As I scanned the sky slightly west of the zenith, I noticed this steady bright light moving silently at a rapid even pace toward the ENE. With the binoculars, it was a sphere, evenly and brightly illuminated, sharp and clear with no running or navigational lights. It was slightly smaller than Venus and only a magnitude dimmer, and appeared to be self-illuminated. I watched it until it began to dim steadily from a white light to a faint reddish color, then nothing. It took about four or five seconds to go from bright to being blacked out. The dimming seemed to encompass the object evenly. Altitude, speed and size of the object...difficult to judge. Physical dimension was 1/32 inch viewing the scale from 12 inches. My guess is the object was at 30k ft. or better, est speed 600 to 800 mph., possibly faster.
My background: I'm a 10 year veteran of the Air Force in Communications Maintenance and I am employed as Machine Maint. Foreman for a large area newspaper.