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Occurred : 6/30/1997 21:00 (Entered as : 06/01/1997 21:00)
Reported: 3/28/2012 10:12:32 AM 10:12
Posted: 4/18/2012
Location: Fort Smith, AR
Shape: Light
Duration:Hours for several nights
One colored, dimming, stationary light source, larger than stars seen at night SW of Fort Smith, Arkansas, 1996-1997.

Between a 40 to 70 degree angle in the SW sky I saw a round focused source of light brighter or larger than stars. It stayed stationary but the remarkable feature was how it dimmed and brightened like it was controlled by a dimmer dial. I don't remember its color but it was perhaps orange, red or yellow rather than white or metallic/reflective. I have seen this dimming light source on a few different nights and have used binoculars at least one. The date of the first sighting I can only recall roughly: 1996-1997. The time was after dark/evening, but probably not after midnight.

On the same night or at least same week of the first sighting I called and reported this sighting to a local Astronomy instructor/club leader and to a TV station's meteorologist.

I don't have any formal Astronomy, Optical or observational training.

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