Time and date: 23 September at 2 AM
Place: Pretoria East
Submitted by: Shannon
I woke up at 2:30am and noticed outside what I initially thought was the moon on the horizon, just above the tree line in the distance looking west from Mooikloof. The “moon” had a strange orange glow to it… my initial thought was that there was a fire on the horizon below the moon, giving it the strange orange glow. I got up and went to the window to get a better look as it was rather beautiful.
To my surprise I noticed that it was not the moon…but 2 objects close to each other. I quickly grabbed my cell phone and rushed back to record these two objects as they merged and became a huge fireball. The fireball was stationary initially and then sort of wobbles in a horizontal line… and gets smaller then disappears.
Unfortunately it doesn’t show how large it actually was and I had to zoom in with my phone to get more or less the right perspective.
I work at The Innovation hub in PTA where The South African National Space agency has offices and will show this to them on Monday to get some answers… what I do know is this is no meteor!