|Occurred : 7/20/2005 22:32 (Entered as : 07/20/2005 22:32)
Reported: 7/20/2005 8:49:35 PM 20:49
Location: Myrtle Beach, SC
|Two groups of irregular stobe lights moving east to west at a high rate of speed
At approximately 22:30 hours on 20 July 2005. My wife, daughter and I were standing on an ocean front balcony of a 16 story resort hotel looking east and taking pictures of a rising moon. As I was observing the horizon and people on the beach below, I noticed two objects in the night sky at about a thirty degree elevation from where we were standing at a 1 o'clock position.
I orginally thought I noticed two commericial strobes; one moving east to west, the other moving south to north crossing paths at near co-equal altitudes. However, after seeing no strobe pattern and mostly white light, I also noticed that there were two groups or flights of irregular stobe lights. My wife an daughter soon noticed the same and recognized that the pattern of the strobes appeared to move apart, then close together, then elongate and then to a more square or rectangular pattern. All the while, the strobes clearly maintined two distinct formations or groups. The stobes were not always pinpoints of light but appeared to be longer in shape as if looking at a light stick.
Estimated Altitude= in excess of 30k feet AGL(est.) Direction = Due east to west Speed = Mach? much faster than commerical aircraft (similar to watching a satellite move overhead) Lights pased from my 1 o'clock position to my 3 o'clock position moving front to rear as I faced east,in less than 20 secs before disappearing behind the building.
I an US reserve pilot with more than 3500 hours in both heavy and attack aircraft and have flown all over the world and seen many situations including combat. I have never seen anything like this. My wife and daughter were equally challenged for words to describe the event.