|Occurred : 8/14/2011 21:55 (Entered as : 08/14/11 21:55)
Reported: 8/17/2011 3:56:27 PM 15:56
Location: Corvallis, OR
|White light far brighter than satellite drifts overhead and vanishes
As I left a movie theater at 9:55 PM I saw a very bright, pure-white light above the southwest horizon. It was far brighter than any satellite I've ever seen and appeared to be in the middle atmosphere from my perspective. At first it appeared stationary, but after about 10 seconds I realized it was directly approaching my position. It traveled directly overhead to the opposite side of the sky in about a minute and a half, quickly dimming and completely disappearing about 15 degrees above the northeast horizon.
The light was completely silent and maintained constant luminosity along its entire visible path. There were no blinking lights evident, just continuous white light. The sky in which I first observed the object was very close to a bank of halide lights from my perspective, which made me have a strong sense that the brightness of the object, its diffusion of light and its angle of incidence put it in the middle atmosphere at the highest.
((NUFORC Note: Witness elects to remain totally anonymous; provides no contact information. PD))