Location of Sighting: Ormond Beach, Florida
Date of Sighting: June 10, 2016
Time of Sighting: 9:10 PM EDT
Description: I observed something very strange on evening of June 10, 2016 at approximately 9:10 PM EDT from Ormond Beach, FL 32176. I was outside in my side yard looking West when from my left (South) I observed what appeared to be a fireball entering from high in the South. It traveled north-northwest. It was approximately 3 times brighter than Jupiter (which was up) and very bright white yellow orange and had a slight tail pointing South. I instantly thought fireball, but the object was slowing down, so I instantly thought this object was space junk. This object was “dropping” what appeared to be hot material that was same color as the object. The object continued to slow down and dripped the strange material two times on it’s trajectory before the object slowed to a complete static stop. I was baffled to say the least. As the object remained stationary it dripped the bright material momentarily. The flight time from when I saw the object to when it came to a complete static stop was approximately 10 seconds – which is far too long of a time for any fireball or space junk, which I have witnessed countless times. I observed this object stationary for approximately 2 minutes in absolute amazement. I had my iPhone in my hand and shot one still photo of the object prior to it coming to a complete stop and I shot video as well. All you can see is a small dot due to iPhone camera not suited for shooting in dark. It also showed up on the video. While observing the object stationary for approximately 2 minutes I decided to take a chance a run in the house a grab a real camera, which only took about 2 minutes to retrieve, when I went back outside it was gone and I have no idea what happened to it. I have been a dedicated amateur astronomer for over 40 years and I know the sky well. Also visible were commercial jetliners in the sky in the same general area of the sky. This was neither a fireball or space junk. They don’t slow down and come to a complete stop in the sky as this object did. It was not the Moon, which was up and in different part of the sky. It was not Jupiter, which was up and in a different part of the sky. It was not Mars, which was up and in a different part of the sky. It was not a satellite. It was not the ISS. I am hoping that others observed this object and will make reports.
Note: The witness later sent the video. From the video there is a “faint” indication of debris or fragmentation, but it isn’t very obvious. UFOs Northwest thanks the witness for sending the video.
Update – June 22, 2016: The witness prepared a special report on YouTube. See following link: