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Sighting Report
Occurred : 7/14/1997 01:30 (Entered as : 07/14/97 0130)
Reported: 7/15/1997 22:10
Posted: 2/5/2003
Location: Salem, OR
Shape: light
Duration:3-6 minutes
Summary : AT FIRST THOUGHT IT WAS A PLANE BUT OBSERVING THROUGH BINOCULARS, SAW ONE VERY BRIGHT LIGHT AND 3 SMALLER ONES... THEY WERE NOT BLINKING.

WENT INTO THE BACK YARD TO CHECK ON THE CATS ABOUT 1:30 AM AND WAS DOING A LITTLE STAR GAZING WHILE I WAS AT IT.. ABOUT 1:35-1:40 I SAW WHAT APPEARED TO BE A SINGLE VERT BRIGHT' LIGHT COMING FROM ALMOST DUE NORTH, BUT IT MAY HAVE BEEN SIGHTLY NORTH-EAST.. ANYWAY IT SO BRIGHT AND NOT MAKING ANY NOISE I RAN INTO THE HOUSE AND GOT THE BINOCULARS AND WAS ABLE TO FOCUS ON THE LIGHT AND SAW IT HAD 3 SMALLER LIGHTS BEHIND IT. TWO SMALL WHITE ONES AND A SINGLE BLUISH-GREEN ONE.. NO RED OR STROBE LIGHTS LIKE AIRCRAFT THAT FLY OVER ALL THE TIME. MY FIRST THOUGHT IT WAS A SATELLITE AS IT WAS MOVING SO FAST AND QUIET BUT IT WAS NOT HIGH ENOUGH AND WAS TOO BRIGHT. IT WAS ALMOST AS BRIGHT AS THE EVENING STAR...I WATCHED IT FOR ABOUT 3 MINUTES AND IT WAS STILL BRIGHT ENOUGH TO SEE IT WITH THE NAKED EYE.. I MADE THE COMMENT TO MYSELF, AS IT WAS ABOUT GONE FROM SIGHT, "IT MUST BE OVER EUGENE BY NOW" NOTE, EUGENE IS ABOUT 72 MILES SOUTH OF SALEM.