# What did I see streaking across the sky last night?

I was enjoying a casual naked eye view of the summer sky last night around midnight in a new jersey beach town. The sky was pretty clear for around here.The Milkyway was just visible and there was no could cover or buildings higher than me so I saw from Cassiopeia to Sagittarius.

I was hoping for a meteor and I got one I have never seen before. I will try to describe it.

Appearance: .It appeared out of no where like any other meteor but it had no streak AT ALL. As it traveled it shimmered. It was blue colored and not particularly bright perhaps fuzzy. The shimmering was the best way I can describe it.

Trajectory: It began high in the sky slightly to the east around the "southern" part of the constellation Aquila. It traveled west. It was as fast as any other meteor but as I said had no tail. It lasted very long... say 4 or 5 seconds. It didn't have an arching trajectory like something lower. It traveled straight and as it disappeared, it seemed to travel off into vs down to the horizon.

I was so astonished that I practiced the speed it went with my finger after it finished. It moved from say Vega to Altair in less around a second.

It couldn't have been any kind of craft since it appeared and disappeared and traveled so quickly. I have seen 100's of meteors of many kinds but not any like this. What did i see?

I tried to be as detailed as possible. If I missed anything, I'll add it in the comments.

For the record, I am not a believer in visiting aliens or supernatural events. BUT you will laugh at this. Years ago,I had read about an Ozark superstition that if you say "Money" three times when a meteor appears, you will get rich. I liked that one and since I stargaze a lot, I figured I'd get the opportunity. Well I had my chance and then some but I was so astonished, I forgot to say it. Looks like I will have to keep working for a living :)

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Could have been any number of satellites, the IIS, or an Iridium flare. Try this site to see if anything was above your location during that time ... heavens-above.com – Carl Jul 22 '14 at 11:33
Difficult for it to be a satellite if it's moving that fast. – Takku Jul 23 '14 at 8:03
Agreed Takku... It appeared very fast, high up and the line was tangent. – Itumac Jul 27 '14 at 21:39
Might have been a fireball. – JohannesD Jul 29 '14 at 17:05