Friday, January 20, 2012

Bright Red/Orange Glowing Contrail At Night Over West Palm Beach Florida

Date:  January 19, 2012
Time:  Between 7:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
Between 7:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. on January 19, 2012 I was in my backyard watching some F-16s land at Palm Beach international Airport.

It is unusual for those airplanes to be coming and going from that airport, so I grabbed my binoculars thinking that there might be an Air Force two or something of that nature coming in.

As I looked north at approximately 350° northwest, I saw a bright orange light with visible contrails with blue sky behind it. You could tell it was reentering the atmosphere as a contrail was hit by the sun.

The sun had been set for over two hours. It was extremely bright and as the contrails subsided its red/orange glow continued to be extremely bright.

I watched it for approximately 1 1/2 to 2 minutes and from approximately 350° to 100° southeast. The bright orange glow did not fade away as would as a comet.

It simply just turned off the color from bright orange to invisible.

With the F-16s scouting the area, I thought it might be one of those new unmanned military shuttle vehicles coming in. But the direction that they were going would land somewhere in Puerto Rico, or the Atlantic Ocean.

I've never seen anything like this in my life.

Thank you.

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  1. At the same time my wife and I saw the exact same thing in the sky as we looked directly east of Auburndale, Florida where we live. The object apeared to be heading due west toward us, however, not in a descending manner. At the end, no more trails could be seen at it appeard that the object came to a stop for approx. 20 seconds at which time the glowing orange light disappeared. At first we thought it to be a meteor or maybe a plane on fire, but the physical behavior suggest otherwise.

  2. i saw the same exact thing same night, same time near that location, i was a little farther south that that location....i was trying to get a picture but it was too far away....