|Occurred : 2/15/2002 19:36 (Entered as : 02/15/02 19:36)
Reported: 2/15/2002 8:53:05 PM 20:53
Location: North Vancouver (Canada), BC
|Bright single point-source non-moving light similar to Venus but outside ecliptic plane much brighter bursts for 20 seconds ,then fades
The writer has done work with the Regina Astronomical society; so my observation is not one based on lack of training. At approx. 7:36pm, an extremely bright single point-source white light similar in appearance to Venus but much brighter was seen directly north and positioned between big and little dipper: there was no movement against star field; at first sight it was at least three times brighter than Venus at its' best; but then faded out within about 20 seconds. Since this is outside the ecliptic plane I assumed it could have been: 1: A flare fired from mountains north of city, but the elevation was too high.
2: A balloon (but what made the bright light)? 3: A meteor seen head-on (but there was no motion, no arc, no directional movement) 4: A Nova (extremely rare).
5: Something military unexplained! 6: Aircraft (but again there was no motion against star field).