|Occurred : 7/5/2014 22:30 (Entered as : 07/05/14 22:30)
Reported: 7/5/2014 9:16:30 PM 21:16
Location: Ogilvie, MN
|Slow blue/whte flash at random intervals and random meandering trajectory. heading generally North.
The initial flash was noted in the constellation Orphicus roughly on the celestial equator (that line that appears when you bring up an astronomy program.) on the left side of the constellation. I was facing generally south, the flash was bluish white similar to an aircraft strobe- only slow to rise to full intensity as each flash varied in intensity and timing after the initial bright flash and most were about 2 seconds in duration.
Initially I thought it might be Nova (it was almost that bright), but the second flash eliminated that as a possibility. It was headed generally North on a meandering trajectory after heading West a few degrees that took about 7 to 10 minutes to cover about 30 degrees of the sky overhead. It was eventually lost in the high thin clouds blowing off an approaching storm North of my location.
Not a conventional aircraft, no other lighting was visible other than the slow strobe and far too small to be a stray weather balloon. It is possible it "may" have been a satellite that just lost control, but the meandering path, which did head due west for a few degrees early in it's trajectory suggests otherwise.
No noise, no contrail. No aircraft in area, and far too high to have been a lightning bug (which display different as well). Too far away from any fireworks displays to have been a stray cinder.