|Occurred : 6/1/1968 21:00 (Entered as : 1968 21:00)
Reported: 8/8/2011 2:35:07 PM 14:35
Location: Monmouth Junction, NJ
|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))