|Occurred : 4/28/1998 22:42 (Entered as : 04/28/89 22:42)
Reported: 4/28/1998 22:15
Location: Colorado Springs, CO
|Two people witnessed an extremely bright "star" flash on and fade out in the night sky for approximately 3 to 4 minutes. The "star" moved in a steady pace in a northerly direction until it was too far to see it any more.
On 28 April 98 at 10:42 pm I looked up at the night sky and noticed the Dipper directly above me. (Do not know if it was the big or little dipper.) At this time I noticed that the brightest "star" blink out. I kept looking and saw that it reappeared in a slightly more northern attitude. It faded out again and reappeared at a more northerly position. I yelled for my husband to come out and he too quickly found the "star." While he tried to identify it with binoculars, I counted the seconds between fades and reappearances. Counting in a measured One-One Thousand way, this "star" blinked on after 8 seconds ... in all cases in a more northern position. (This position, according to my compass, had the slightest northwesterly slant to it, but I cannot confirm the actual degree.] The only way to measure the distance between the sighting and the reappearance would be to say that with arm extended, the thumb extended, the space between would have been as wide as my thumb. Binoculars did not improve the detail of the object, which had no color other than the bright white of some closer stars. We watched it until we could no longer see it.
((NUFORC: Sighting possibly explained by tumbling object in polar orbit.))