|Occurred : 2/21/2014 19:56 (Entered as : 02/21/14 19:56)
Reported: 3/24/2014 8:22:11 AM 08:22
Location: Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic),
|Varied, apparently related sightings, leading to an impressive display of coordinated flight.
Date: Friday March 21.
Time of event: 7:56pm – 8:11pm.
Country: Dominican Republic City: Santo Domingo. 1km from the center of the city.
Location: Roof of my house.
Weather Conditions: 50% cloudy.
Temperature: Hot and humid (approx. 28°C).
Wind and Cloud direction: South to North Description of the local sky condition: Strong light pollution
1) First sighting of what seemed like a normal ISS satellite overhead pass on a South-North destination. Speed was typical of an ISS normal pass. Strange that this small extended “object” could be observed through small low cumulus clouds. The ISS seldom allows you to observe it through clouds. Its color was pale yellow and not so “starlike” and pinpoint as I´m accustomed to observe the ISS or any normal satellite. I describe it´s trayectory as in polar orbit. Magnitude was probably -1 to -2
2) A short time later I observe, in the south-east, a smaller and dimmer polar orbiting satellite, more starlike, travelling at normal satellite angular speed. It looked more normal to me.
3) As I was lying on a reclining chair I stood up to go downstairs and into my dormitory.
4) I suddenly noticed two bright (mag: -1) “stars” travelling in a parallel South-North polar orbit and separated about 15° or arc.
5) Following these two “leading lights” my eyes had to refocus to make sure I was observing countless smaller luminous starlike and white objects follow these two leaders. They were less bright than the first original object and probably of magnitude +1 or +2. They were probably two to three dozen luminous objects which all shared a tendency to slightly zig-zag in uncorrelated manners respect to each other. Their speed was similar to the other sightings. All, so far, have appeared to be upper or mid atmosphere phenomena.
6) Following the cluster I detected what seemed, like a slightly larger repetition of the first object. It was definitely an extended object, not pinpoint, and with a warm yellowish-orange tint.
7) I suddenly realized I had enough sky to dare getting my binoculars.
8) I ran down the stairs and entered my nearby dormitory to grab my high quality Russian 8 x 32 binoculars. I keep my optical equipment in good condition always.
9) As I returned to the roof I realized I had time to calmly point and focus on the brighter extended object. The binoculars were already focused for my eyesight on both eyes. I rapidly adjusted for inter-pupillary distance.
10) As I was able to focus on the object with enough extension and angular size to discern details, good focus and definition, I identify the object as follows:
a) It was composed or configured by an agglutination of brilliant points.
b) Between all these brilliant points there seemed to be a glowing glare not due to optical light scattering or dispersion. It seemed more like a “plasma of some kind”.
c) All these small lights were “locked” in spatial positions respect to the others.
d) All these lights rolled or rotated along an horizontal axis just like a wheel would do on the ground.
e) All lights revolved around this common axis as though they were attached to some invisible bonding structure. They always kept their relative positions with respect to each other.
f) I tried to share this experience with a friend and dialed his cell phone number. This was a mistake as I admit and realize I should have taken this experience to its end without interruption. The unidentified object occulted behind overhead clouds and was never seen exiting the group of clouds. I stayed for 10 or 20 minutes more and noticed no more activity.
Thank you for allowing me to make this report.
((NUFORC Note: Witness elects to remain totally anonymous; provides no contact information. PD))