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Occurred : 6/16/2001 20:35 (Entered as : 6/16/01 20:35 pm)
Reported: 6/17/2001 10:59
Posted: 3/21/2003
Location: Bradenton, FL
Shape: Oval
Duration:15 minutes
almost stationary circular light w/ circling arm w/ illuminated tip

My family and I were at the beach when I spotted a bright star straight up and slightly behind me. With my binoculars, i observed what looked like an off center bright ring of light. Thinking it was just a star that i couldnt focus on, I waited for a few minutes. Then I noticed it had slowly changed its position from southeast to northwest.Looking up once more as it was getting darker, I noticed a small straight arm with a tiny light at its end appearing to be circling the center light. Often this arm would stop at an eleven oclock position and become shorter by at least half of its original length. By this time , the kids were cold and wanted to go home. As we were walking to the van, Ikept glancing at this light. Right before I reached the van I looked up, and the light grew slightly. At that moment ,it vanished. Is it possible this could have been some sort of satellite?