Yes could have been viewed by the public for anyone looking up at the sky from where i live. big orb oval shape and white with a bright rim of red and blue around it appeared in sky shooting upwards real fast and then took a nose dive. lost track of it as some trees obstructed where it could have gone. saw a smaller white orb a few nights ago in the sky shooting across the sky heading north and then it disappeared. the one i saw tonight though was quite large. amazing.