Cedar Rapids, Iowa, USA; May 20, 2009

Name: Wade Wagner

Date: May 20, 2009

Location: Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Message: I glanced out my window shortly before midnight on May 20th in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and saw a reddish light that I first thought was a star or planet, but then I noticed the object was moving. It moved slowly toward my direction and then shot straight up at an accelerated rate and disappeared.

I have no idea what it was or the altitude. I am guessing it was at an altitude of 20 to 30,000 feet as I am used to seeing jets pass over us at night–but obviously I did not have an accurate perspective on this observation. I have also seen many meteors and planes, and this was unlike anything else I have seen in my lifetime.