I was sitting in the back yard at around 9pm, probably a little later, as I do most every night. I saw a light way up in the sky that looked exactly like the space station when it goes by except that the path of this light was coming from the North and heading towards the South East. There were no clouds in the sky as I recall. I watched the light only half interested since I have seen the space station go by many times. The light was a grey color with no blinking lights, just a steady grey color. As the light crossed the sky, at about the 1 O'clock position vertical it began to grow really bright. As it grew brighter it seem to be either growing in size or falling straight at me. The light was a golden white color and became hard to look at. I became concerned that it was was going to crash right into me. Then, it began to shrink and returned to the small grey dot and continued towards the horizon and eventually faded out of sight. The light was so bright that I feel certain that there must be other witnesses, which is my main purpose in making this report. When the light faded out I felt no emotion about it at all. I felt disinterested in it and went back in the house and watched some TV. The date I have given is an approximate. I can't remember the exact night that it happened but, we returned from vacation on the 18th and it was shortly after that. As I have already said, this light was really bright, like sun light bright. Other people had to have seen what I saw.