The strange object in the above sequence was captured on film by the Night Sky Live (NSL) project on December 17th, 2004. The NSL has a vast network of continuously updating web cameras (CONCAMs) that are fixed to watch the night sky. The object, which was filmed by the fisheye CONCAM perched on top of an active volcano in Haleakala, Hawaii, saw something moving across the night sky that remains mysterious. The NSL team might have disregarded the above streak as unconfirmed, but the Mauna Kea CONCAM on the next Hawaiian island recorded the same thing. The NSL team might then have disregarded the streak as a satellite, but no record of it was found in the heavens-above.com site that usually documents bright satellite events.
NASA website which
hosts the above image includes an online discussion board for people to
speculate about what the streak might have been.
One poster wrote: "What is truly bizarre is that this object is visible for a good 55 minutes at Haleakala and close to 30 minutes at Mauna Kea. Usually, satellites take a few dozen seconds or, at the most, a couple of minutes to cross the entire sky.
"If this object is a satellite, it is either very slow moving or at a very high altitude. I checked all the possibilities at Heavens-Above and no satellite passes seem to fit this observation. It is also impossible to be a meteorite."
Credit: Night Sky Live and WorldNetDaily.com