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Occurred : 3/3/2000 22:05 (Entered as : 03/03/00 22:05)
Reported: 3/4/2000 00:10
Posted: 9/6/2002
Location: Washington, D.C., DC
Shape: Light
Duration:10 seconds
I observed two small lights cross the night sky from approximately Orion to the North Star. They appeared to be chasing one another.

I am a ((title and agency are deleted--witness is a federal employee)) in Washington, DC. I was ((deleted)) near the Lincoln Memorial and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial when the following events occurred. I was standing in Constitution Gardens on the north side of the pond, looking approximately southwest towards Orion. I saw what I at first took to be a shooting star because of its speed and the way it seemed to be falling or dropping, but it didn't fade away the way falling stars usually do. Then I saw that there were actually two lights which were moving along parallel to each other. The lights were small and white with a pale greenish tinge. I thought it might be an airplane with a light on either wingtip, but the lights were not flashing, and they seemed to be moving too fast for an airplane. As I watched, the two lights converged into one, and then changed again so that one appeared to be following or chasing the other. The rear light seemed to be "swinging" back and forth behind the path of the front light. It crossed my mind that they might be fighter planes, but they looked like they were much too close together, and there was no noise (I noticed this because a few seconds after they disappeared, a regular airplane went by in approximately the same location, and I could clearly hear it). The lights were headed almost directly towards the North Star, but a little lower on the horizon. They disappeared into the lights of the city. I looked at my watch and it was 10:05 pm - the entire incident had taken about 10 seconds. I immediately went back to the ((deleted)) and wrote everything down, because it seemed like such a peculiar event, and the lights did not strike me as being normal airplanes.