Reports Report 1382gs (Event 1382-2016)

This report has been linked to the following event: Event 1382-2016
NamePatricia F
Experience Level1/5
RemarksI tried calling the Main Phone Number to the FAA to report this but much to my surprise nobody answered. I also called the FAA at the Rockford Airport in IL and did speak with someone, as you will see in my letter. Thank you so very much for your website and for asking people who saw this to give their information to you. Although this was an exciting event for me to see, yet I was concerned about the planes flying into O'Hare Airport. Good luck with gathering your data about this event and thanks for letting us know what it was and what states also saw this event ... wow !! Below is the email that I wrote to the FAA earlier tonight, and I did get an automatic reply email back from them tonight. I wonder if someone from the FAA will write another reply email tomorrow morning from an actual person? My letter to the FAA: My name is Patricia Fire-Steele and I live at 405 East Granville Avenue, Roselle, IL, cell phone is 630-440-7556. The only FAA number I was able to get through to and speak with a person was at the Rockford Airport tonight at 815-969-4011 and he directed me to this website. I hope I am reaching the right department where I can report something unusual that I saw tonight from my house looking in a southward direction. What I saw in the night sky at approximately 10:15 PM was a VERY bright blue ball of light with a long, illuminated tail traveling VERY fast coming from an eastbound direction going horizontally and forming a long, curving arch as it traveled, heading in a westward direction. To me it appeared sort of low in the sky, and appeared not too far away from where I am located. Also, one of my windows is open because it's a relatively warm April evening (about 48F - 52F degrees), so I know there was absolutely no sound coming from this object as it streaked across the sky. I remember thinking "that's no aircraft" and honestly, I have never seen anything like this in my life and it was startling to view this, yet rather pretty too. However, I did try to call the FAA to report this because my house is near the flight path for O'Hare Airport and I wanted to tell someone what I had seen because many planes were flying into O'Hare from the westward direction traveling eastward into O'Hare for landing tonight. Approximately 1 minute (or less) after I saw this blue ball flying by (heading west) I noticed a plane approaching (flying east) and I am so sure the pilot in that plane saw what I saw, naturally from a different vantage point. In fact, many planes continued to fly into O'Hare from the west heading east until shortly after 11:00 PM, and then I have heard very few. I am just wanting to report what I saw and give you the other planes' activities information too in order to stay as accurate as I can be about this message. Due to my location, I am very used to seeing O'Hare's aircraft traffic in the sky and I also live close by to the Schaumburg Airport. I have lived in this house since 1984 ... so with all that s
AddressRoselle, IL
Latitude41° 59' 16.57'' N (41.99°)
Longitude 88° 4' 14.98'' W (-88.07°)
Time and Duration
Local Date & Time2016-04-15 22:15 CDT
UT Date & Time2016-04-16 03:15 UT
Moving directionFrom up left to down right
Descent Angle96°
Facing azimuth259.33°
First azimuth99.33°
First elevation17°
Last azimuth263.81°
Last elevation14°
Brightness and color
Stellar Magnitude-22
ColorBlue, Light Blue, White
Concurrent Sound
Delayed Sound
Persistent train
Terminal flash
RemarksYes, I think so, but I am not an expert. What I saw might have been a "flash" because I watched it leaving, heading westward and it was, or got, or remained very bright but much less the same "bright blue color" because it was then light blue or white before it was out of my sight. This might be the "terminal flash" you are asking about. I remember thinking, "it's going away from me but not getting smaller (for a second it seemed bigger) and it's very illuminated, less bright blue and more light blue or white ... is it going to crash nearby?" So I'm not sure this helps your data collecting or not. It was an awesome thing to see!