NUFORC Sighting 127284

Occurred: 2016-05-09 11:50 Local
Reported: 2016-05-09 15:15 Pacific
Duration: 15 minutes
No of observers: 2

Location: Winter Springs, FL, USA

Shape: Fireball
Characteristics: Changed Colo

Glowing, sputtering fireball moving slowly east to west near MCO - Orlando International Airport.

Was walking the dog - skies are crystal clear blue, looked south toward MCO and saw a flying object glowing and sputtering - red, brilliant orange, then out. No pattern other than the color. No form, no shape. Headed west.

Checked the flight tracker, the only thing I saw on the same course was a Cessna, about 2k feet up. This was either way higher or way smaller. Jet engine fire? Satellite falling back to earth slowly - uncontrolled? I've never seen anything like it in my whole life.

I've seen aircraft reflect the strong Florida sun before, but this was not only much more brilliant, but stayed brilliant as it moved east to west of me. If it was a reflection, I'd have passed out of it's beam. It reminded me of the flame that the Space Shuttle SRB's emit - brilliant orange, only this wasn't as bright or as constant. Very bright, but sputtering.

Posted 2016-05-10

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