Reported: 2019-08-17 16:53 Pacific
Duration: 5 seconds
No of observers: 1
Location: Chesapeake, VA, USA
Characteristics: Aircraft nearby
I saw a bright-white orb appear (clear sky), travel 5 sec.parallel to the east coastline heading N, then disappear.
It was the early morning hours of September 13th, and the last day of a three day meteor shower. I often enjoy these events and didn’t want to miss the last morning of the event. I got up and went outside with a pillow to lie down on our bench to get a good general view of the sky before the sunrise. My feet were facing south, my left shoulder to the east coast (the sun was beginning to rise a bit).
I caught the first meteor in the upper right quadrant of view…. It was orange in color and zipped the usual speed (1/4-1/2 second in length). A few minutes later I saw the second…in the bottom left quadrant….same seed. It was bright white in color. I then noticed an airplane…flashing lights in the right, middle area of my general sight. It was going the usual speed….and quite a bit slower in speed as the meteors….I do not recall if I heard it.
Then (at the same time as the plane was flying from right to left in the middle of my vision), all of a sudden a white orb appeared to the left of mid-field.... out of nowhere. It was a circle/ball of light….opaque in substance as best as I could tell with my eyes. There were no clouds in the sky (except a long thin one that was at the bottom of my field of sight). The orb was quite a bit larger than the meteors…..about the size of a red light when you are stopped about 4 cars back. Best I could tell it was way over the tree line but below the height of the airplane. It traveled south to north for about 5 full seconds and then just disappeared. It was traveling at least 4 times as fast as the airplane, but at least 4 times slower than the meteors. It didn’t waver; there was no sound; no pulsing; it followed a straight line….and just…was gone. I have never seen anything like it and I am an avid sky-watcher. Whatever it was…it seemed to follow the coastline.
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