|Occurred : 3/11/2004 19:45 (Entered as : 03/11/2004 19:45)
Reported: 3/11/2004 5:41:58 PM 17:41
Location: Merrimack, NH
|Looked like a planet, but moved about. Not an airliner. Round, bright when magnified. Distant, hard to hold in viewfinder.
In the western sky I saw a bright round object about 20 degrees above the horizon. At first I thought it was a planet, such as Mars or Saturn. I stared at it, and I noticed the object moved around at random, not particularly rapidly. There was no trail. The light emission was steady, not blinking. This moving object was confirmed by a second observor who said it looked like a Mercedes Benz 3-pointed star without the circle around it. I put the videocamera on it and at 20x zoom it appeared to be a sphere. It was difficult to keep the object on screen when at max zoom, so I conclude it was a good distance away. We are in a flight line to the Manchester, NH Airport (it is 4+ miles NNE) and see a lot of planes, usually coming in from the SW but occasionally from far away in the West. A plane came in as I was videoing this object, so I put the camera on the airliner for a contrasting shot. It was not comparable to the object. Planes are steady, this object was mobile horizontally and vertically and is not like any plane or star I have seen before.
((NUFORC Note: We suspect Venus may be the explanation. PD))