I was sitting on my back porch, which faces east, at my home on Nine Mile Road and Ashland Rd. in Pensacola, FL. A Navy base and a regional airport are located near my home. Airline and Helicopter traffic at night is common in the eastern pensacola sky. At approx 8:30pm A "spiral", for lack of better term, of lights began glowing a very bright red-orange in the east sky. This was not a helicopter or plane. It would glow for approx 1 - 4 sec then fade out from tail to the center of the "spiral". I called into the house for my wife to come out and see, which she did. The event lasted for approx 3 mins. with 10 - 30 secs in between appearances of the "spiral" in different configurations and also bouncing left and right in the sky from one appearance to another.