posted on Aug, 9 2008 @ 04:27 AM
Last night i got off of work at 10 p.m. EST and I noticed that there was a heat lightning storm over the bay. I enjoy going down to the bay and also
love nature. So i called a buddy of mine up and we went down to the docks to watch the "heat lightning". I'm not sure what the technical term is,
but there was no audible thunder, only the lightning. (even though some of the strikes seemed only a few miles away, which is wild)
The lightning storm was near the coastline to the North East of us. Most of the strikes were in the clouds and non visible but occasionally there
would be massive bolts that were visibly hitting the ground in the distance (or at least hitting trees).
I had recently watched a video on youtube about the time duration of lightning strikes. The video was about normal lightning (accompanied by thunder).
So i wanted to see if the "bolts" in heat lighting were visible for a longer duration of time than normal lightning. From what my limited senses
could determine, it's about the same. The longest strike i experienced was probably a little more than one tenth of a second. It might have even been
two separate strikes that appeared to be one because the middle of the bolt was behind a cloud.
There were many clouds near the storm, but we could
see the stars directly over us and to the West.
Anyways, i had a mental "clock" going because of the “lightning counting” I was doing. Suddenly about 15 minutes into watching the storm I saw a
very bright "orb" zoom right over us and into the distance (it was traveling South East). I yelled to my friend "did you just see that?!" but he
had missed it.
He asked me what i had seen and i said "i think i saw a shooting star."
I really wasn't sure what i had seen, so i left it at that. When i got home i thought about it. Although there is a first time for everything, I’ve
never seen a shooting star where i live. The only time I've ever seen shooting stars in my entire life was when i was in Arizona. I remember shooting
stars being very "fleeting" and “streaky”; lasting as long as lightning does; a few fractions of a second at most and leaving a very brief
“trail” in the sky.
This is why I’m so puzzled. . . The orb I saw did not leave a streak and it was visible for more than a second; probably not more than two seconds
but definitely more than a second. This “orb” also appeared to be “large”. I can’t honestly tell you how big, because I don’t know how far
over our heads it was; but when it was at a 70/75 degree angle above us, it appeared to be (visually) the size of a basketball if it were suspended 10
feet high in the air directly over us. As it traveled South East it respectively became smaller until it was no longer visible.
I guess I’m hoping someone can explain what I saw.
[edit on 8/9/2008 by JPhish]