red satellite

Date: Sat Dec 31 2011 - 17:14:34 UTC

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    On Dec.26 at approx. 1757h CST I observed what seemed to be a bright red object moving from approx. 164degrees to approx. 84 degrees. (I used a hand held compass to estimate this.) My location is Omaha, Nebraska, USA
    41° 15′ 0″ N, 96° 0′ 0″ W.
    I was facing north and estimate that I Picked it up at approx 75 degrees. I tracked to the east and took about 10 seconds to disappear. As it did so at about 60 degrees, it flared. Any ideas? I have already dealt with a number of cracks about Christmas thank you. I have been sky wathching since I was a kid and have never seen something like this. It appeared to be in a low orbit. Is it possible that it was reflected  light from the atmosphere. I know satellites don't have their own light and have never seen any other color but yellowish white. I felt better about the onservation after my wife came out to look and confirmed what I saw. Also, my son said that he had seen a number of postings on facebook regarding the sighting.
    Thanks Rick
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