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Sighting Report
Occurred : 6/1/1968 21:00 (Entered as : 1968 21:00)
Reported: 8/8/2011 2:35:07 PM 14:35
Posted: 8/21/2011
Location: Monmouth Junction, NJ
Shape: Light
Duration:2 weeks
Object orbiting Jupiter

During stargazing, I aimed my 1.5 inch refractor at Jupiter, and while viewing, I saw a light slowly fade in over (north pole of Jupiter?) the disk of jupiter 2 disk diameters to the right. It remained in sight for ~20 seconds then faded out at the same distance as it had appeared.

I remained watching and found that this ball of light, approximately the same brightness as Jupiter's closest moon, had a period of approximately 5 minutes. The site I viewed from was very dark and isolated, near the edge of a forest.

This phenomenon lasted for about 2 weeks where I viewed it from several different spot.

The only other person to have witnessed this event passed away 15 years ago. I was 15 yrs old when we saw this object and I did not report it to anyone.

My naieve thinking was that Jupiter had captured an asteroid.

Whatever it was it had to be moon-sized in order for me to see its reflection.


((NUFORC Note: Witness indicates that the date of the sighting is approximate. PD))