|Occurred : 4/17/2002 20:20 (Entered as : 04/17/02 20:20)
Reported: 4/17/2002 10:21:20 PM 22:21
Location: Lakewood, CO
|Saw two star-like objects traveling southeast
To Whom It May Concern: I have never reported anything like this before.
I would like to report a sighting of two star-like objects heading southeast this evening at 20:20 over Lakewood, CO.
My wife confirmed this sighting by cell phone from a separate location and I spoke to a man at a convenience store who also witnessed it as it happened.
Would Peterson AFB or Norad be able to confirm this sighting on radar? Here is a complete description of the sighting.
As I drove west of Denver on Hwy 6 at about 20:20 Mountain time on 4/17/02, I was looking at the western sky at dusk to see if I could observe an astronomical event of planets aligning (see astronomical bulletins). As I looked up again I noticed two star-like lights traveling at what appeared to be a very high altitude and very high rate of speed (above 200 mph at least). They had no blinking lights but were apparently luminescent. They remained equidistant apart and were traveling in a southeast direction. I happened to be on my phone with my wife, who was traveling on I-25 North (about 10 minutes from where I was)at the time of my sighting. I told her about it and then pulled over to get gas and get out of my car to look at it. I saw the lights continue Southeast so I yelled over to a man getting out of his truck and asked if he could see these objects. He stated he could. I asked him if he knew what they were and he stated that he did not know. He appeared interested and then went into the convenience store. I started pumping gas and called my wife again and asked if she could see the lights. She responded that she could and she pulled off the highway to get a better look. She stated that they continued on their way in a southeastern direction at a constant rate of speed and distance apart until out of sight. My reaction during the sighting was one of calm surprise and excitement to confirm it's existence with my wife. I was also excited that my wife would take notice of something like this at the end of the day going home from work.
((NUFORC Note: International Space Station, possibly still in formation with the Space Shuttle, passed over Lakewood, CO, from 20:16 to 20:23 hrs. on this date. It would have been very prominent in the night sky. PD))