|Occurred : 11/29/2002 01:30 (Entered as : 11/29/02 0130)
Reported: 11/29/2002 7:47:21 AM 07:47
Location: Saskatoon (Canada), SA
Duration:min 3 hours
|((NUFORC Note: We suspect the witness may have been gazing at the star, Sirius. It is in the southern sky at this hour of the morning during the winter months. Just a guess. We receive MANY reports of Sirius and Venus. PD))
bright object that seemed to be affected by the gusty winds ?
looking to the south, and slightly to the left and down from orions belt i noticed a bricght light. At first I thought it was a planet because it was a different intensity than the stars. But when it moved it caught my attention and I called my wife and son over. My wife said it was a plane, but I worked around airplanes and airports for almost 20 years and I knew it was not an aircraft. There was no regular beacon and as we watched an aircraft did fly over and you could see the difference. It was quite windy at the time with gusts of at least 40 kph and I thought it might be a helicopter because it seemed to be affected by the wind but there was no noise and it had to be at least 5 miles away, and for the size of the light, it had to be bigger than any helicopter I have ever seen. On closer inspection, we could see it was sometimes triangular, then looked like a straight line and other times a dot. About 15 min after I first noticed it there was a streak across the sky. Wheter it was related to this or just a meteor i can't say. As for colour, (I am colourblind) I deffinatly seen it as red, but overall the light in the sky was a blueish. (Kind of hard to explain.)I think it must have been rotating at times because I could see the tip of the triangle pointing to the left(east) then at other times right or down, and i thing someitmes when it turned is when it appeared to be a straight line. I did phone the city police to ask if anyone else had reported it but noone had. My son and I drove in our car to a place about 3 km outside of the city to get away from the light pollution and try and get a better view, but it didn't make too much of a difference, it was still hazy. On the way out of town itI had the light on my forward left, and it was in line with the street lights and the next time I glanced up it was to my right and my son said it had shot over. Then it shot back to where it was origionaly. We watched it outside the city for about 20 min but the only thing that really was different wa! s that i t "flashed" about three times over a 15 min period. I didn't see this but my son was saying at times that balls of light were leaving and returning from it.I called a couple of people because I wanted them to see it and not think I was making it up, but one neveranswered the phone and the second was in a location where her house was behind a highway offramp that blocked her view to the south. I also tried to call the Saskatoon airport but only got a recording. Since nothing extraordinary was happening and my wife thought I was nuts, I stopped watching at about 0345 and went to be. When I arose at 0800 there was too much cloud cover to see if anything was still in the sky.