UPDATE: watch a video of the South Texas fireball.
"Every color of the rainbow has been reported with orange and yellow being most mentioned ... may be the re-entry of a Chinese rocket"
I counted eight meteor looking small fireballs streaking in formation right to left from a 123 degree angle, for about 2 minutes. 3 of the meteors or comets exploded the other eight kept a perfect formation. I never witnessed such a moment at 3am central time 2/27/13 I was jogging in Sweeny, Tx on 1108 early st. 77480, looking from north to south, they appeared from a southerly direction and lasted about 2 min. heading and dissapearing in a northerly direction. - Lester D. of Sweeny, TX
And a UFO sighting out of Baytown submitted to MUFON which was clearly of this same phenomenon:
I woke up at approx 3.00am, used the restroom and was looking out of a large window which has a view of Cotton Lake and beyond to Trinity Bay in Chambers county, I noticed lights approaching over the lake from the southeast. The lights 10 to 20 were configured in a cigar shaped line, moving rapidly, heading in a northwest direction. At first I thought it may be a group of helicopters, we often see helicopters doing night maneuvers in this area. As the lights got closer I realized that they were not helicopter or aircraft lights. The lights were white/blue and varied continously in intensity and position in the line, it was hard to judge how far away the object or objects were from me, there was no sound associated.I last saw the lights as they pasted on the northeast side of my home. I wondered if I was seeing a meteor shower, but the sighting lasted about 30 seconds and was not moving as rapidly as I would expect for meteor, it also appeared to be close
As suggested by another witness to this event (read quotes above), someone chimed in on an astronomy group forum at Yahoo with his interpretation of the event:
I suspect that this fireball was the re-entry of the Chinese CZ-4B rocket that launched Yaogan 14 on May 10 last year. This has a NORAD catalog ID of 38259 and an international designation of 2012-021C. The latest TIP message on Spacetrack (issued at 12:16 UTC) suggests that this decayed just after crossing the equator northbound near 3degN
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