|Occurred : 5/6/1999 17:33 (Entered as : 05/06/99 1733)
Reported: 5/10/1999 17:46
Location: Memphis, TN
|Daylight observation of a pin-point of light in western sky
I was west-bound, enroute home from work at 1730 CST. I was observing a Tennesse Air National Guard C-141 transport. It was westbound, and then started to turn right (North). From behind the C-141, but very distant appearing, I saw a very small, but bright point of light. It would remind one of Venus, in the early evening, well before dark. It was hard to maintain visual contact while driving, so I pulled off the road to try to re-acquire it, but had no luck. No motion was observed, no other lights etc... The sky was crystal clear, no clouds at all. No other observers. We are so close to Arkansas, just across the Mississippi River, that the object had to be over Arkansas. My impression was of a large object, very high and very far away. It wasn't Venus, Mars, Jupiter or Vega, which is very bright. It was too far North to be any of those. The general direction was approximately 290 degrees true. I am ex-USAF and ex-USN, an amatuer astronomer, have been around the world and been exposed to many types of aircraft. This did not resemble and aircraft. It had no contrail, and it was too far away to see if it had navigation lights.
((Revised report submitted))
Daylight sighting of a distant, pin-point light.
Enroute home from work, at 1730, I was westbound, enroute home from work. I was observing a Tennessee Air National Guard C-141 making a right( North ) turn. As the C-141 started to straighten out, I noticed a bright, but very small point of light, appear from behind the plane. I could not discern any motion, during to my driving toward it. It appeared as Venus might in the daylight, but definitely before evening. A small point, it would have easily been missed by most people. This was a day after a severe rain/thunderstorm that created tornados. The sky was crystal clear. No other observers. I stopped at the side of the road to see if I could re-acquire the object but didn't have any luck. The initial sighting "feeling" was a solid object, reflecting sunlight. The object, to my observation, was a. very high, b. bright and very far away. We are so close to Arkansas, across the Mississippi River, that it had to be OVER Arkansas, not Tennessee, when observed.