NUFORC Sighting 105637

Occurred: 2013-12-23 21:58 Local
Reported: 2013-12-26 17:31 Pacific
Duration: 3 minutes
No of observers: 2

Location: Kipahulu, HI, USA

Shape: Cylinder
Characteristics: Aura or haze around object, Left a trail

Red/orange object streaks, then floats for three minutes across the sky.

Talking to my wife while sitting outside, I saw a bright red/orange object streaking across the sky, starting in a position toward the horizon from Orion's belt.

I couldn't speak but nudged my wife so many times that she turned and saw it too. It left an oddly straight and even trail for a brief moment (which was also red/orange), maybe one second in duration. Then the tail disappeared and the speed reduced considerably. It looked like a glowing red oval/cylinder. Both of us recall thick black stripes inside a large portion of the object, kind of like a grill. The object maintained its red/orange glow and cruised at a constant speed and altitude in a westerly (southwesterly) direction until it disappeared in a slow double flash (which could just have atmospheric interference perhaps) just above the horizon.

On a side note, two nights earlier at 21:00, I was standing in the same place and saw a rapid double flash of white light) about the same magnitude as Venus. The object two nights later came from approximately the same region in the sky.

Posted 2014-01-10

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