|Occurred : 5/2/1997 22:45 (Entered as : 2245)
Reported: 5/5/1997 01:06
Location: Lincoln City (North of), OR
|Summary : Obj. travelling n/nw at satelite altitude. intermittent (irregular) brilliant white bursts, faded to pale yellow. 2nd obj w/same m/o as 1st. . Binocs & t-scope.
While stargazing my friend Ron and I observed a brilliant white flash to the south of us. This was two or three minutes after having sighted a satellite passing from south to north. After an interval of perhaps 15-20 seconds we both observed a second flash and were able to make out object with naked eye. Appeared very similar to satellite that had just passed. Observers: ((Name deleted)); financial analyst, amateur astronomer and photgrapher. ((Name deleted)); book keeperWitness to observers; ((Name deleted)); home loan mortgage processor It would then dim to yellow and then pale yellow (about the same intensity as the satelite) and would then burst again. At first, the object was headed due north, then, at about 80 degrees (almost directly overhead) it veered about ten degrees west, then continued in a straight line n/nw. During its traverse trained his telescope on object. He has done this many time with aircraft and can make out the navigation lights of such. This had no visible navigation lights. The glow, or i!ntensity of light at dim stage, and the comparison to satellites we have observed would put this object at satellite height. No tail observed. Both of us have seen many aircraft at night and are familiar with what a strobe looks like at great altitude. This was far more intense and the intermittent nature was not like A/C strobes. It appeared to accelerate at burst and slow down with dimming? Weird. As the object was about 10 degrees or less from dropping out of our view in the N/NW, a second object appeared to the west of the first at approximately the same distance and displayed the same white burst behavior. Alternated bursts with first object.