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Occurred : 5/23/2005 23:00 (Entered as : 05/23/2005 23:00)
Reported: 5/24/2005 6:30:13 AM 06:30
Posted: 5/24/2005
Location: Statesville, NC
Shape: Unknown
Duration:5 minutes
Orange/Red light: Stationary for about 3 or 4 minutes. Then it dimmed its light(s) and took off North... out of sight!

Saw this while relaxing outside on my deck.

There was a full moon, and I was enjoying the light it reflected onto the landscape when I saw an orange/red light: I thought it could be a planet or close star, as it was stationary for about 3 or 4 minutes... (It was over the trees, but I could not tell distance or size of the object.)

Then suddenly it dimmed its light(s) to about 25% illumination and began slowly to travel to my right (north), and then it accelerated quickly and - zoom! - it was out of sight... WOW!