NUFORC Sighting 133652

Occurred: 2017-04-15 20:30 Local
Reported: 2017-04-16 21:19 Pacific
Duration: 30 minutes
No of observers: 5

Location: Newport News, VA, USA

Shape: Fireball
Characteristics: Lights on object, Aircraft nearby

Multiple ballistic-like fireballs/rockets?

From 2130 until 2200, there were at least eight (8) instances of a bright fireball like object traveling across the sky. From the approximate coordinates of (37.0923673,-76.4544147), near The Chesapeake living community in Newport News, VA, the object could be seen traveling in a somewhat ballistic trajectory. Each object would originate from the south-southeast and travel north. The objects were low on the horizon. There would only be one object at a time, with a few minutes between each instance. The objects seemed to be far away, possibly over the Chesapeake bay. The objects were very bright and constant, and did not have flashing lights like an airplane. They looked very similar to rockets, similar to ones launched from Wallops Island. No sound could be heard. Other air traffic (planes, etc) would be seen flying but not typically when these object were seen. The fireball was spherical in shape and bright orange/red. I have a video of a few of ! them. They all seemed to follow the same path. I can also send the original (uncompressed) video files if possible.

At about 14 seconds into the video:

Most of this video has the object traveling right to left across the sky:

Can be seen at about 15 seconds:

At about 52 seconds, the object can be seen in this video. I believe this was through an optic:

Posted 2017-04-20

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