UFO Sighting Report - Australia
May 19th 2010 : Gold Coast, Queensland
AUFORN Sighting Form Report
19.05.10 GOLD COAST (QLD) 20:00hrs
Source: AUFORN ONLINE UFO Report Form
Witness: Mr. P W
Number of witnesses present: 1 - I'm submitting this report in the hope someone else saw it... although I doubt it.
Sighting Duration: Milliesecond.
Occupation: Software Developer - I worked at Mt. Stromlo Satellite Laser Tracking facility for 5 years - I've seen everything in the sky that can be seen - but this was the first time ever I could not explain what I saw.
Observation: I took the rubbish bin to the front curb, looked up at dark sky to watch satellites, and saw something streak flash/dart from south to north (approx) across about 50 degrees on sky. Description: On first appearance and description this sounds exactly like a meteorite, except it had no tail, the colour was wrong, and the speed for the angle across the sky was especially wrong. It looked low/ish and so incredibly fast I could hardly believe what I saw was true. It looked like a silver (sun-lit?) object moving incredibly fast... But it was so quick, low and large angle across the sky. I couldn't figure out what I had seen.
Apparent Size Other: star, magnitude 7?
Altitude: aircraft height
Object Origin: south to north
Moon Visible: Yes I think the moon was visible, but not near object. This was just after dark, so I'm the very first person to chalk this up to a meteor (and I've seen all types, colours, flames, ones that break up, skip in the atmosphere - all types of satellites, LEO/MEO/HEO, flashes/reflections, etc.) This was a new one for me.
Moon Size Comparison: Tiny - less than mag 5 star...maybe mag 7?
Planets Visible: Yes. It was a very clear night.
Weather Visibility: Clear, Mild, Calm
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