|Occurred : 9/10/2017 20:00 (Entered as : 09/10/2017 20:00)
Reported: 9/10/2017 7:56:39 PM 19:56
Location: Birmingham, AL
|Unusual silent penney sized at arm's length object crossed sky rapidly unusual brownish pale orange band in shape.
Object moving East to West silently approx 75 degrees above horizon. Apparent size that of a penney held at arms length. Object was moving above or through broken clouds which may have contributed to a bit of transluscence. Color of object was indistinct but seemed to have a brown overtone with some other hints of yellow pale orange that seemed to partially frame a rectangular subshape-curved on the front, squaarish in the rear. Perhaps oval overall, hard to say.
Object went across about a third of the sky in 2 seconds before disappearing behind trees. I am a regular observer of the night sky, having a telescope for many years. Never saw an object like this, ever. Perhaps could have been much higher if perhaps it was a bollide or some object in the upper atmosphere- it would have to have been moving extremely fast. Did not really look like any shooting star I've ever seen, and I have seen many.
((NUFORC Note: We spoke via telephone with the witness, and he sounded to us to be quite sober-minded. We suspect that he is an exceptionally capable, and reliable, witness. PD))