NUFORC Sighting 13779

Occurred: 2000-08-13 22:00 Local
Reported: 2000-08-13 00:00 Pacific
Duration: 4 seconds
No of observers: 1

Location: Corte Madera, CA, USA

Shape: Fireball
Characteristics: Aura or haze around object

I saw a glowing, spherical object in the sky tonight that accelerated in speed, then disappeared.

I glanced up at the sky and, directly between the constellations of Ursa Major and Canes Venatici, was a fiery object. It moved west, horizontally for three or four seconds. The area it occupied began below Phecda (Ursa Major) and moved slightly past Canes Venatici. The shape was hard to describe. At first, I thought it was a plane. My neighborhood lies below a flight path so there is always a lot of air traffic, especially at night. I do, however, know the difference between a plane and something that is not. This object was about twice the size of an airplane and three times as bright. The shape seemed spherical, with a bright golden aura surrounding it. The center was the brightest, a deep gold/light orange. There was no trail or dust following it. The reason it caught my eye was because it accelerated in its speed. The best way to describe its disappearance was that it slipped into an invisible pocket in the sky. I am reporting this because I KNOW it was not an airplane and I was wondering if anyone else saw it. I really would like to know what it was. I see movement in the sky every night, but nothing ever like this and as bright as this.

Posted 2000-08-19

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