At approximately 3 am on Sunday, Nov 20, 2011 I observed a fireball in the eastern sky about 45 degrees above the horizon from my location near Monroe, Washington at 47.9 deg N, 121.84 deg W. The sky was clear and a quarter moon was shining. The larger constellations were brightly visible. The event was announced with a brilliant white flash with a duration of a second or less that illuminated the entire landscape for that brief moment. The fireball appeared to consist of multiple, closely aligned parallel streaks of light that persisted for several seconds giving the impression of a large comet. After the streaks of light faded, an oblong luminous pale cloud persisted, marking the location of the event. Over a period of several minutes, the luminous cloud, spreading and dispersing across the region, faded and disappeared.
Email From: Sally B.-Raleigh, NC:-7:30 P.M. EST:
Traveling by car from Raleigh, North Carolina towards Wilmington on I-40 East, near an area called Rose Hill. Saw a large round lighted object arch across the sky, northeast to south west, approx. It was several seconds and had a trail illuminated behind it... Like an oversized shooting star. Seemed really close. Looked for news today but did not find anything so did a few searches, found your site and thought I'd share this.
It was not like anything I'd ever seen. Thanks for your report Sally!
Email From: Steve-W Of Sunset Beach, CA:-6:31 P.M. PST
Meteor was traveling straight down towards the horizon from my perspective, first noticed 10 or 15 degrees above horizon. Not certain what it was. Only visible for a few seconds. Thanks for the heads up Steve!