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Large fireball seen on the North Shore, Oahu Hawaii

Last night around 11:00 pm August 31 2015, I saw what looked like fire attached to a cluster of stars leaving a trail of sparkles as it moved from East to West. It was going slow enough for me to stop my car and observe it. It was a beautiful sight. 

As with the other reports of

As with the other reports of this event it appears this was the re-entry of an old Russian satellite Cosmos 1315 launched in 1981.



red ball over Kelburn

Just watched a large red ball come from behind Kelburn horizon (viewed from Oriental Parade) and shot up in the sky, travelling horizontally at speed - faster than a commercial jet or helicopter - and at top of trajectory, it seemed to disappear into the atmosphere. Seen at 10.12pm. Very large, and bright red, with no secondary lights. Watched the sky in the area for five minutes afterwards and nothing reappeared. Anyone else see this?

Re: Red Ball over Kelburn

Your report is of considerable interest as it coincides with a predicted pass of a decaying Russian satellite Cosmos 1315 which was launched in 1981. The reports below from Hawaii about an hour and a half earlier also are believed to relate to re-entry of this satellite

I was trying to look out for the predicted pass you appear to have observed but didn't have much luck - I was in Wellington city and may have caught a glimpse but could not be certain.

Your report has been drawn to the attention of experts on satellite re-entry.

Red Ball over São Paulo, Brazil

I just saw something very similar to the reported above, a big red ball with brightness and speed constant that seemed not to be in high altitudes crossed the sky approximately  20:00 pm São Paulo, Brazil.

re: Red Ball over Kelburn

The experts have some doubt about this sighting being related to the remains of the satellite in view of it having been seen to decay over Hawaii, however the fact of the time being so close to that of the predicted pass and the fact that this pass was expected to be to the west (which is the direction you are looking)  seems to be too much of a coincidence to me.  One issue that has been raised is the direction of travel, could you please elaborate on this and the approximate duration of what you saw?  For the observation of any meteor or suspected re-entry the time exactly as possible, direction and approximate elevation (which you supplied), duration and the direction of travel as well as an indication of the size of the object(s) are essential information.

Unfortunately this means that a lot of other reports in here of various objects will not be able to be identified. Moderator would it be possible to advise accordingly in the header to this page so that this becomes a source of useful information instead of a list of sightings which are of limited usefulness and will probably never be identified.

red ball over Kelburn

Just watched a large red ball come from behind Kelburn horizon (viewed from Oriental Parade) and shot up in the sky, travelling horizontally at speed - faster than a commercial jet or helicopter - and at top of trajectory, it seemed to disappear into the atmosphere. Seen at 10.12pm. Very large, and bright red, with no secondary lights. Watched the sky in the area for five minutes afterwards and nothing reappeared. Anyone else see this?

We are in Invercargill New

We are in Invercargill New Zealand and at 9.42pm we saw a large blue/green flash flying through the sky.  It was unreal and 2 of us saw it from different vehicles go towards the direction of oreti beach.

what is it?

about 11:00p.m I just seen the does look like shooting stars moving slow here in Hawaii.

Fireworks across the skies of Maui

Around 11:10 I saw what looked fireworks traveling from SE to NW fly over Maui. It was colorful. Lots of amber goldish trails of fireworks with color "lines" in the front horizontal trail. Wider in the front. Lasted between 13th to 25 seconds. Hard for me to define. It was mind blowing! 


Fire in the Kona Sky

I've never seen anything like it before. It was August 30, 2015 About 11pm. 

I was lying in bed when I saw what looked like fire and a trail of embers going from south to north. It was large and very bright red/orange. 

I went to the north side of my house and saw them burn out. I have no idea what that could have been. 

Maybe a meteor? Kailua Kona, Hawaii. 

Re: Fire in the Kona Sky

Appears to be related to re-entry of an old Russian satellite Cosmos 1315 - same for the other report from Hawaii and the one over Kelburn, Wellington, NZ

Yes i see it too.. Yellow and

Yes i see it too.. Yellow and smoke.. I think that metoer is too close..move from west to south.. In 20-21pm in indonesia.

I seen this two days ago

I seen this two days ago Pensacola Florida United Sates. August 08 2015

Correction Aug. 28

Correction Aug. 28

ball of fire

Hi at about 12:35 am aug.30.2015 in jamaica i saw a ball of fire passing over my head... The flame is very strong it doesnt look like a comet or meteor because it looked as if it knew were it was going.. It looked like one of those hot air lanterns that is released after weddings an such but no that was something else.. Maybe its an american maybe 


Last night 29/8/2015 while my son and I were outside barbecuing 8.45pm we saw a ball of light shoot across the Sky starting from the north going all the way across the sky heading south at a massive speed, I am wondering if there was any comets reported.



Saw what looked like a rescue flare twice in the space of ten minutes. Lit up the sky, thought I was going to perish in a meteor shower but I'm still here, still kickin' so all good.

I see fire

After a fight with my parnter I went to Milford Beach on the North Shore of Auckland, and looked up to the sky. After 10 minutes I saw a burning ball of fire , and felt complete . What a beautiful sight , To understand that no matter how large or how big an issue might seem ; it will burn out and all will be okay again . Just like what I saw tonight . What a beautiful planet , What a beautiful life . 

auckland meteor

about 7pm-ish tonight 28/08/15, my daughter and I in spa pool when she announced "shooting star!" We each saw a bright and seemingly quite large, trail from the west to the North East across the sky. Most impressive shooting star I've seen.

Burning ball falling from sky

on aug. 24, 2015 and sat in my parking lot talking to a friend . Idk what made me look up but I saw what appeared to be an ball of fire falling from the sky . It was moving from the upper right toward the lower left from the position i was standing . It was moving way to fast to be a plane and if it had been a plane it was surely on fire . It was glowing bright yellow and had a tail of smoke behind it . I've never seen anything like that in my life being the fact that I live in a city environment where it's too bright to even see stars . I am from Newark NJ and would like to know if anyone from my area or close may have witnessed the same thing .

August 26, 2015 7:45 pm. Orange glowing sky in south, s-e sky

i live an hour north of Miami, Fl.  Last night, heavy cloud coverage and rain storms Filled the sky from east to west Horizons.   No sunset was visible in the western sky at all.  I was driving south on state road 7.   This is a north- south road about 8 miles inland from the Atlantic Ocean. Anyway, The sky in the south/south-east looked like the sun had just set below the south-eastern horizon.  If I didn't know better, I would have mistaken that for the sunset. 


Shooting star - Timaru NZ

About 9 pm very bright green and orange and lasted for several second sbefore burning out. Seen from several locations

A strange light over Timaru

At around 9:00 I saw a light burn up above Timaru, NZ. A shape was falling very fast and burning and it burned up after a few seconds. It was extremely bright


Burning object in sky

This morning just before 7am EST I went outside to go to work. I looked up at the sky in the Southeast and saw what at first, looked like the exhaust streaks from an airplane. But it was falling down. It was moving pretty slowly, but as it fell it got brighter and brighter and then quickly disappeared. I thought it might've been an airplane that was actually on fire falling from the sky. It reminded me of what the Challenger spacecraft looked like when it exploded in the 80s. I am in Michigan between Lansing and Grand Rapids. I searched online for anybody else reporting that they had seen it, but so far I can't find anything. I did have my boyfriend come outside too and he also saw it just before it burned out. 

8 242015

im in Texas as well saw about 650 am something that appeared to be falling like fire with a glow from the sky

the same thing

i saw the same thing but im in taupo it was southeast and a yellow redy coulor and it filled the whole room              it was about 6:20 in the morning

Ocean County, NJ

8.22.15 around 10 pm

Saw what appeared to be a plane but only an orange-y red ball moving pretty fast across the sky

slowed down and just faded out to nothing.  Had a witness and we both don't know what to make of this.

Green flash aug22 2.29am

Was driving North in Albany at 2.29am and saw a huge green flash in sky, similar to that of the northern lights on the other side of the world! There was no real bright focal point, just half the sky a big green flash with various intensity. It seemed cars on the motorway next to me slowed down as well as they saw it. Is it possible we'd have a similar recipe for the famous Northern Lights in Nz??

Saw four large red dots

Saw four large red dots gliding through the vast cloudy sky in a very very spread out line formtion. There's no way they were planes of helicopters... After a minute of staring, the simply dissapeared in mid air and didn't return. Anyone see this??? Very odd. 

Large green falling light

on the evening of 20Agu2015 around 10pm, my wife and I were driving just north of Nashville, TN on I-65 (between Nashvile and Hendersonville. We saw a very large green light appear to fall straight down. Based on the size and apparent distance it seemed as though it was within 10 miles of us. That was the only one we saw.

Driving through central Otago

Driving through central Otago last night and saw a spectacular orange fireball with a long yellow tail. Just amazing ! 

light in sky

August 21st at ~12:35 pm I saw a bright light fly across the sky. I did not see a tail, just a quick bright light zooming past. I am located in Arizona.

Green light in sky

While driving home on county line road in greenwood, Indiana notice a bright green ball shaped object from the sky and disappear into the trees. It lasted only a few seconds but was amazing and beautiful. Still trying to figure out what it was exactly

Green light in the sky

august 1st 2015 at around 11 ish. Driving to San Antonio from Fredericksburg My wife and I spotted a large ball of green light suddenly appear below the clouds. It paused for a split second and then in what seemed like a controlled descent, dropped below our field of view. 

Ball of light 20/08/2015

At 10:40 tonight I saw a ball of  light streak accross the sky over london then dissappear, I was on a balcony and there was nothing obstructing my view, it lasted a couple of seconds and was really fast, did anyone else see anything?


shooting star

last night while I was playing a hockey game at Kapiti Coast turf, I spotted a shooting star or something like that. it looked so big and incredible. I think it was North west from where I was at the time. 

Bright light and tail

A friend and I saw a small bright yellow spot appear north over christhurch city. Heading from east to west it grew in size and changed in intensity growing a large blue and green tail. Very spectacular. one of the best things in the sky I have see


 Seen over Nelson around 7pm. Visible for around 6-7 seconds. Low in sky. Huge tail, reddish at centre. Heading south. 

Meteor sighting, North Canterbury

On Wednesday 19th August 2015 about 6.55 p.m. my son called at my place in Woodend, North Canterbury to collect my grandson and as I walked out the front door (which faces to the north) to see them off I saw a large green object with a tail travelling very fast downwards.  They were getting into their vehicle and by the time they turned to look, it had disappeared.8


I was driving just past the new round-about after Pegasus. Just before 7pm and saw a large single green meteor streak across the sky. It looked as if it had hit the atmosphere and skipped off. Lasted aprox 5-10 seconds. 


An amazing orange globe with a tail of green and white light about 7pm tonight. was headed in a west to nor west direction and was visable for a couple of seconds.  Most spectacular one Ive ever seen!!

Meteor Sighting

While out running tonight at around 7pm in Whanganui, I saw what looked to be a bright light in the sky - obviously a meteor... It got larger and larger before hitting the atmosphere and fizzling out. Was pretty scary - thought it was there was going to be some pretty major damage... Assumed it happened out at sea however it seems most people all over NZ saw the same thing as me...

Meteor Christchurch 19 Aug 2015 6:58 p.m

Seen from lower Hackthorne Rd, ChCh. Green / yellow with tail crossing sky from East to West. 

Disappeared over airport direction at a low angle at about the height of the planes comming in to land.

Meteor sighted in Wellington 19.08.2015

I saw what looked like a large single meteor at about 19.00 this evening. I was heading west towards Wellington Airport and saw it heading in a westerly direction over the South Island. Went for a couple of seconds and was very bright in the sky...


19 August. As I was leaving Zealandia, Karori, at 7pm tonight I looked up as I heard a kiwi call and saw to the west a bright orange glowing ball with a tail. I saw it for a second before it disappeared behind the hills. A person beside me was aware of the glow but did not sight it.

Christchurch Meteorite

Meteorite observed nnw of central Christchurch heading east to west around 715pm 19/08/2015.  Bright blue/green with a long tail.  Quite impressive and low on the horizon.

?comet above chch

I saw a green comet shaped light shoot across the sky as i was driving home tonight at approx 7pm. (19/8.15). I was driving towards Kaiapoi (north of CHCH, NZ) and it was going in maybe a northwest direction.

So glad it wasn't just me! I

So glad it wasn't just me! I was heading north on the motorway and it just appeared. very clear and disappeared in the direction of rangiora. 

Meteor seen from Kakahu, South Canterbury approx. 7pm 19.8.15

Looking north towards the mountains/foothills a large fast moving light which turned into an orange fireball before going behind the hills.  Looked like a plane before I realised what it was.  Quite spectacular!