Richmond Hill ON
Oct. 18th approx 12am
Last Night - October 18, 2003 just before midnight. I saw a light travel through the sky from my southern exposure window located in Richmond Hill, Ontario.
I have travelled extensively throughout Canada and the United states as well as travelling to Europe on occasion. In other words somewhat experienced with travel and planes.
This evening I was staring out the window in a night of insomnia. I saw an oval light, quite bright and yellowish white in colour travel horizontally across the scope of my window. The light travelled at an extremely high speed, a speed that I immediately understood not to be of normal airplane speed.
We' ve all seen the passenger plane flying over head. It usually is travelling at about 6 or 700 miles per hour and usually over 30,000 ft. From this distance a plane is easily traceable and seems quite slow from your vantage point. Having flown in a cesna 172 at 2500 feet you might experience the same amount of sky coverage to your eye given the speed and perspective.
What I saw I have to report as very different from what I am very used to seeing. The oval light very much the colour of a car headlight Travelled at a speed at which I have never witnessed before and at a hieght that I estimate to be between 2500 and 5000 feet. I would have to estimate the speed at about 5000 miles per hour given my own experience with speeds travelled. The other peculiarity of this sighting is that there was no sound. Our area is very often travelled by planes looping for their turn to land at Lester B. Pearson Airport (YYZ).
The night was a drizzly night and I immediately thought the light must be a reflection from a vehicle passing by. I rose from my bed to look from my window to try to find an explanation for the light. There was nothing that I could see that would immediately explain what I just saw. I understand that reflection speed of objects can be multiplied based on their proximity to objects. I could not eliminate this in my own mind.
So - I find myself completely puzzled as to what I may have seen. Not even a Lear jet flying at 2500 feet could cover the amount af real estate that this thing travelled.