Time: 2100 hours
Location: Farm outside of Vredenburg on the West Coast, Western Cape
On Sunday, 6 October we were standing on the porch of the farmhouse having a chat. My friend heard a very soft noise which he thought was an plane in the distance. All of a sudden he yelled trying to get our attention. What I saw was one light breaking into 6 pieces, all in a very straight line, moving at quite a speed. At one stage it was like looking into the windows of a jumbo jet flying past. Then it disappeared into thin air, almost like it was moving behind a cloud. Thing is, there were no clouds that evening, none! It was a crystal clear evening.
What gets me is that if this was a satellite or meteor, the pieces that broke away would fall behind the main object with the most momentum. When this one light broke up all the lights were in a very straight line, moving at exactly the same speed. This all lasted for about 5-6 seconds, so no chance of a photo I’m afraid. It was flying at a very low altitude.
I’ve seen satellites enter the atmosphere, and this definitely wasn’t something that was burning up as it entered.