I walked out the front door of my house to go to the local Mason Lodge. I looked up (as I always do)and saw a bright red-orange orb. I knew immediately that it was not a normal aircraft; we live near an airport and have seen numerous aircraft at night over the years. \
Since I had locked the door behind me, I banged on the door so my wife and daughter could come see it. About ten seconds later they came out and witnessed it too. They too realize that it was no normal aircraft.
I yelled to them to run and get our cameras with telephoto zoom. Although I have no way to judge speed, it moved rather quickly in a straight line heading north northwest.
While they were running to get our cameras, I snapped one picture with my cell phone. A few seconds later they came out with our zoom cameras. By that short amount of time, however, the object had moved too far away and was too dim (probably due to cloud cover) for us to even attempt at getting a decent picture.
As it was traveling towards the north northwest, it did appear that the object was ascending, but that could have just been an optical illusion of it flying into the clouds and getting fainter. The entire episode probably did not last much longer than a minute. All three of us were in amazement and still are tonight as I type this report.
I've attached my cell phone photo to this report just for documentation purposes, but the slow shutter speed my cell phone used to take the shot made the object appear to have a couple of tails. It does, however, represent the color fairly accurately.
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