Please bear with me, there is a chem question at the end. Some background. I was watching a tv program on ufo's earlier ("Dateline" i think.) and got to thinking what was the weirdest thing I've ever seen in the sky. I've been into amatuer astronomy since about age 10 so a lot of the things most people get excited about make me chuckle. Familiarity with the sky allows me recognize many 'strange' things at a glance. There was one occasion many years ago that still has me puzzled, though I don't think it was anything extaordinary. I just don't know precisely what it was. I was maybe 14 in the backyard playing badmitton with my siblings. (What can I say, we lived on a farm so it was just us and it was something to do. Please Register or Log in to view the hidden image!) Late afternoon. I threw the shuttlecock up for an overhand serve... and just stood there mouth gaping. It was bright and pointlike, or very small. It left an distinctly orange smoke trail which slowly dispersed. It moved across the sky fairly quickly but I don't think I was very high up. As it passed, I could hear a 'flickering' sound, like a flame almost being blown out. I was able to keep it in veiw as it passed over our pasture, and dropped down _in_front_of_ some trees perhaps 300 yards away, split in two, and went out just before it hit the ground. We searched the area, but the grass was too tall and never found anything. There were no sounds from aircraft. So the chem question. What burns brightly with orange smoke and can drop out of a clear blue sky? It has always bothered me not to know what it was.