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Occurred : 8/25/1999 23:00 (Entered as : 08/25/1999 23:00)
Reported: 4/10/2004 11:39:54 AM 11:39
Posted: 4/27/2004
Location: Hamilton (Canada), ON
Shape: Light
Duration:30 seconds
2 small lights (like stars) which were very high up and moved in rapid and highly erratic patterns

Hello, I am writing about a sighting I witnessed with my mother approximately 5 years ago. I was a graduate student in neurobiology at the time and my mother had come to visit me at my apartment for a few days (she is a teacher).

One evening, around eleven o'clock, we were standing on my balcony looking up at the stars before retiring to bed. My apartment balcony faced southwest, and it was a very clear summer night. We were standing by the railing, engaged in conversation while just enjoying the view. As I was looking around, I noticed a what first looked like a star moving in a straight line from southwest to northeast (it seems to be moving in a direction that would eventually pass directly overhead). I then noticed another point of light very close to it. When I first noticed the two lights, they were at around a 50 degree angle to the horizon and were approximately thumbs width apart. I pointed them out to my mother. At this time I assumed they were satellites. I have seen satellites many times before and these appeared like them. They were moving slightly faster than other satellites I have observed however. As they moved closer to being almost directly overhead, they suddenly did something no satellite would do. Both lights began moving in a completely erratic manner. They slowed, then began forming loops in the sky, weaving to and fro and forming circles and zig-zagging manouvers with smooth precision. We continued to watch until they passed out of our sight beyond the roof of the apartment building directly overhead. At this point my mother and I both looked at each other and didn't even need to speak. But when we did, we both wondered what in the world we had just seen. They seemed the brightness of a star or satellite, but moved in a completely different way. There was no sound, no colour change (the lights were pinkish). They were very high up, they were not insects, birds, airplanes or helicopters.

I have been interested in astronomy for years, have taken several university courses on the subject, and I have observed comets, meteor showers and even a fireball or two. What my mother and I saw that night neither of us could explain, and we still wonder about it to this day. I was listening to Coast to Coast AM last night and heard Mr. Davenport implore people to report their sightings, so I am doing so now.

Thank you, Sincerely ((name deleted))

((NUFORC Note: Date is approximate. PD))