|Occurred : 8/26/2006 21:30 (Entered as : 08/26/06 21:30)
Reported: 8/29/2006 10:57:25 AM 10:57
Location: Fall City, WA
Duration:~ 10-15 seconds
|Extremely bright, steady light moving across night sky.
My two sons and I plus our neighbor's son (7,5,6, respectively) planned to watch the sky for meteors on that Saturday night. We live in Fall City, a small rural community about 25 miles east of Seattle in the Cascade foothills.
We set up a tent, got our sleeping bags, pads, snacks, etc., and waited for dark - we had planned this for the previous week or so. The moon is dark and sky was beautifully clear. We were having a great time - saw 2 satellites and at least two shooting stars.
At about 9:40 p.m., my 7 year old declared that he was tired and went into the house. About 5 minutes later, my 5 year old yelled look at that light (not star.) The neighbor boy and I looked to the Northeast and saw a large, intense, white light moving from NW to SE. The light was far brighter than any stars in the sky and was moving at a very deliberate pace - it took the light about 10-15 seconds to cross about 2/3's of our field of vision i.e. from the time we saw it until it went behind some adjacent trees. I could not tell how high it was, but it appeared to be quite high up.
There was no sound whatever and we live in a very quiet area. At first I thought "airplane." But as I observed it, I came to the conclusion that it was not an airplane, certainly not any airplane I had ever seen before.
The light looked round and about the size of a BB if you hold it at arm's length. It was a very clear, very steady white/blue color. It did not blink, flicker, or attenuate in any way. I was very impressed with the "steadiness" of the light.
It moved, as I noted above, very deliberately. That is the only way I can think to describe it. The speed didn't appear to vary and it didn't appear to turn or change course in any way. I know this must sound like a terrestrial aircraft of some sort, but I don't believe it was.
It was like a very large star moving through the sky, very bright, very intense, very very impressive. It was not a meteor, at least not like one I've ever seen before.
I am a geologi! st and have spent a great deal of time in remote areas and have observed the night sky constantly. I have never seen anything like this before. I do not drink or take drugs, ever.
My son and his buddy saw the same thing and we compared notes afterward. I looked at my watch just as it went out of sight so that I would have a time reference.
I am really interested to see if anyone else saw this object.
This was a cool experience.
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