|Occurred : 7/17/2003 02:00 (Entered as : 07/17/03 0200)
Reported: 7/17/2003 2:21:38 AM 02:21
Location: Sandpoint, ID
|Object on orbital path around the moon.
I was at home enjoying a beer, when a friend of mine suddenly came in and yelled "Richie, come take a look at this!" myself and two others came rushing outside to see what he was so excited about. we saw something that appeared to be a star in close proximity to the moon. We didn't think anything of it for at least an hour. It just seemed something cool to look at while we passed the time away. I stood there staring at it for a few moments and then told my friends (at this moment, the group comprised of myself and four others) "It's moving." They, at first, didn't believe me. We then ran in to retrieve my girlfriend's telescope and I quickly got it centered on the object. It appeared perfectly circular (which is to be expected from viewing something through a home telescope at such great distance), orbiting the moon at what I thumbed out to be at least 500 miles (I was always good at math and spatial orientation). When it first was brought to our attention, it was in the 7 o'clock position in relation to the moon. What made us realize that this was no planet, star, or earth orbiting craft was because of these reasons: 1- it stayed approximately equidistant from the moon at all times in an orbital path(it is at about the 2 o'clock position as I type this. when we first saw it it was in the 7 o'clock position as stated above.) 2- any star that close to the moon when it was full but 4 days ago would be occluded by the sun's light refracting off of it. I know this to be fact. 3- I know of no moon orbital sattelites posessed by any nation at this time(of course, there could be some that I am not aware of!) 4- no planet or star could maintain such a perfect relation to the moon. The object in question exhibited a yellowish tinge and produced coronal light discharge that completely differed from any heavenly body I have yet encountered. To me it somewhat of a mystery, but I have no doubt that what I saw was very doubtfully made by human hands and exhibited behavior clearly indicative of an orbi! tal path around the moon.
((NUFORC Note: We suspect the object may have been the planet, Mars. PD))