|Occurred : 11/18/2002 04:30 (Entered as : 11/18/2001 4:30)
Reported: 5/7/2005 4:30:34 PM 16:30
Location: In Earth Orbit,
|((NUFORC Note: One of two similar reports from same witness. We believe that the correct date for the dramatic Leonid meteor shower was November 18, 2002, and we have amended the date above. PD))
An erratically moving object was observed during the NASA Channel's live broadcast of the Leonid meteor shower 11/18/2001.
I don't remember if I reported this to you before -- I recall posting this information to a web site.
Early on the morning of the 2001 Leonid meteor shower (11/18/2001), about 1:30 a.m. to 3:15 a.m. or so, I had driven to a ridgeline near my home in Lake Arrowhead CA. I watched the meteor storm, saw several hundred meteors and a great number of fireballs (some of which buzzed with audible radio waves). I drove back home and turned on the NASA Channel's live coverage. Thinking that my kids, who were at my ex-wife's house, might not have gone out to watch the meteor shower, I plugged a videotape in to my VCR and taped the coverage.
At this point I was more hoping that the droning voices would put me to sleep, but I was also enjoying what was an incredible light show. At about 4:00 or 4:30 a.m., I was still watching the coverage. I believe the feed was from Kitt Peak Observatory in Arizona, but I'm not certain of that. As I watched the coverage, a dot of light moved slowly across the screen. I remember thinking, "Oh cool, they've got a satellite on there!" and it looked very much like a satellite -- a dot of light moving very steadily in one direction.
The "dot of light moving in one direction" then veered at a sharp angle and began moving away, then changed course again. I must've had the dumbest look on my face. My jaw dropped, and I said, "Son of a bitch -- that's a UFO!" I kept watching as it moved away from the field of view of the televised telescope.
Now, the shot was stationary. I assume the telescope tracked very slowly to keep the radiant of the shower centered, but the camera/telescope wasn't moving -- it was this object that was moving. No satellite can make changes in direction that acutely, nor can any aircraft. As I mentioned, it gave the apearance of a distant satellite, but its movement was definitely atypical.
My videotape, BTW, burned when my home was lost in the October 29, 2003 Old Fire in the San Bernardino Mountains. I wish I still had it, for on it was incontrovertible proof to me that something odd was in the skies that morning. I don't know if anyone else has videotapes of that broadcast, but if they are available, I'd sure love to have a replacement copy! I have to say I've always been a skeptic. I felt that way about religion, too -- if I saw a burning bush or if God booked a showing on Larry King Live, then I'd be convinced. I do not know what it was I saw that morning, but I'm certain someone somewhere also recorded that live broadcast by NASA and has this on tape.