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To those who think it may be a meteor. It had absolutely no tail. If something is hot enough to glow and burn up in our atmosphere I'd think it would have a tail or at least leave a slight trail.
Originally posted by IntastellaBurst
Living near an air force base I always thought it would be pretty unlikely for me to ever witness a UFO. I mean, doesn't the Gov. shoot them down ??
Originally posted by ScRuFFy63
Well I'd say the majority of meteors in that video had at least small tails. only the very slow moving ones looked similar to what I and I'm assuming the op saw. The problem is I only say 1 example in the vid that even came close.(1:26) but even that one left an "after effect"
My thing is the speed this thing was going on a clear night sky, where you can clearly see even the faintest cloud, it should have left some kind of sign that it was there.
I have to say what I saw looked nothing like whats in that video.
It was going waaaaay faster than any of those meteor's. It did not leave a trail, ... it did not burn out, ... the intensity of it's light was only altered by its travel.
Originally posted by timewalker
did the one you saw have a darker center than the outer edges? Mine in the best way I can describe it is it looked like the iris of an eyeball with a darker inner circle like the pupil. All white on "iris".
Originally posted by C.H.U.D.
Most of the meteors on that video compilation were quite slow in terms of what a meteor is capable of, and the compilation was only to demonstrate that some meteors may not have an apparent tail.
As I said, every meteor is unique, and I have personally seen meteors do just as you say, as well as many other things in between... and yes, even bright ones that don't seem to illuminate the sky around them in any way... or distort or change shape.
To me on a few occasions, meteors have almost appeared to be like slightly oval solid objects (always Earthgrazers), and if I had not known, I might have thought they were not meteors, and wondered what they were. I have also seen fast, and perfect spheres, although at the upper end of the speed range, a meteor will be so fast that can only see a streak.
Who knows, maybe you saw something else, but I have seen lots of meteors since I became interested in them over a decade ago (probably somewhere between 10-15,000), and your description fits a meteor.
As I said, don't take my world for it... these are all things you can check yourself.
Watch a few showers at least before you decide that what you saw could not have been a meteor, and don't be so quick to discount things that you may not be so experienced in, if you are really that interested in finding out what you saw and not out to proclaim yourself as a "first hand witness of unexplainable events", which is the way you are coming across IMHO.
Just my 2p...
Finally, it turns out that color and brightness can have an effect on how far away something appears.