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Occurred : 4/5/2009 04:30 (Entered as : 04/05/09 4:30)
Reported: 4/9/2009 11:05:01 AM 11:05
Posted: 4/14/2009
Location: Paw Paw (near), WV
Shape: Oval
Duration:20-25 seconds
Saw a bright, very short cylinder or oval move across the night sky, brighten intensely, then disappear, all within about 25 seconds.

My friend and I were star gazing at around 4:30 am about 9 miles outside the town of Paw Paw, West Virginia. The night sky is unlike anywhere else I have ever seen up there because we were so far away from lights.

I noticed a point of light, which at first just looked like another star (a relatively bright one) moving across the sky from right to left. When I looked closer I could see that the object wasn’t exactly round like a star but rather kind of elongated, like an oval or very short cylinder. Think of it this way: I will compare a normal star that is circular in shape to a BB (like a BB Gun BB), but smaller, and this object was similar to a grain of rice. The overall size difference wasn’t great but I could definitely tell that this thing had a long side and a short side, although it was very minute.

After seeing this thing moving I got my friend to look at it too. He saw it moving and said how unusual it looked. After about 10 or 15 seconds the object got much brighter instantly and within a few seconds disappeared completely.

This was not a shooting star because it was going much slower than that. I think it could be a satellite because I have read that they have been seen to brighten when they hit a certain sun angle and can also disappear when sunlight is no longer reflecting from them. However, it seemed like once we started talking to each other about how odd this thing was an what it could be, that’s when it got very bright and then disappeared like it knew that we were aware of it.

I wonder if anyone else has had this kind of sighting. I would like to know more about what we witnessed.