UFO SIGHTING REPORT
Original report to UFOINFO:
I contacted a few astronomy web sites about an event I witnessed in the
early to mid 1980's. After a few weeks, one of these individuals wrote
back suggesting I contact someone with vested interest in Ufology. My
search in the field has brought me to you largely because your site
completely lacks the fanatical flair that other sites are so deeply
vested in. I've been desperately seeking info on this, for some reason
I have felt very motivated to find an answer recently.
In the early to mid 1980's on the South Shore of New York's Long Island I
saw a yellowish (maybe very light green) round fireball flying level (or
so it appeared) from the north to the south at approximately 7:30pm -
8:00pm (it was night). After disappearing from my field of vision, which
was obscured by trees and the side of a house, I witnessed this same
fireball flying at an incline from west to east until it disappeared at a
The fireball was about the size of a dime from my distance, maybe the size
of a penny, and was flaming. It didnt look real, more like something out
of a cartoon, and had no tail like a comet save for the flame looking bit
that was approximately as long as 1/2 - 3/4 of the diameter of the
I thoroughly enjoy astronomy but am a relatively ignorant person in
regards to this sort of thing. I've read some about Leonids and other
such events but none of them really sound like what I saw. It was an
exhillerating thing to witness but until recently I never really was
motivated to find out what kind of fireball it could have been or if it
even was a fireball and maybe not something else like a jets afterburner
or maybe something falling into the atmosphere at too steep an angle and
bouncing back into orbit.
I'd appreciate any comments you can provide.
Follow-up report from Brian Vike:
Thanks for the info.
The fireball flew at what appeared to be a level vector when I first saw it,
heading from North to South. The initial sighting had approximately a 17
second duration. A moment later, it came back into view heading from west to
east gaining considerable altitude at a dramatically rapid speed until it
disappeared into the distance. The second sighting had a duration of
approximately 10 seconds.
During the initial sighting, the object was moving at a very slow pace. It's
approach was concealed by housing and vegetation. It paced from sight when
it became obscured from my perspective by the side of my home. During the
second sighting, as it was gaining altitude and flying away from my position
it looked more like a disc whose width did not compare to its diameter but,
it was by no means flat.
When I first saw this I thought maybe I got to see some space junk burning
up but, since I've recently felt compelled to find an answer on this I've
learned that meteors et al. do not necessarily fall from north to south in
the northern hemisphere but, rather, from south to north due to the earths
round shape and what has been described to me as centirfical force. So I
adopted the theory that perhaps I witnessed something falling into the
atmosphere only to be rejected and bounced back into orbit due to too steep
an angle of entry. The problem with this theory is that this object was not
descending during my initial sighting. It was flying perfectly level. I
cannot find sufficient information on anomolous re-entry behavior of what I
assume must have been a meteor or, perhaps, old satellite whose orbit
Your assumption that I meant a "short flame section" is correct. During its
ascent, the flame section was a little more elongated from my prespective. I
witnessed no debris falling from it. The fireball was a yellowish in color.
I must admit I am no expert on this subject matter. My education is in two
entirely different fields that have little to nothing to do with this. To be
honest with you, I have no idea what a fireball would really consist of. My
assumption is that a fireballs composition could range from something man
made to a meteor or basically anything that could be superheated to the
point of ignition.
I wish I was able to capture this on video or even a few still images.