|Occurred : 8/4/2014 21:05 (Entered as : 08/04/14 21:05)
Reported: 8/4/2014 10:10:12 PM 22:10
Location: Seattle, WA
|2 bright orange lights traversing the sky from east to west followed by a single light of the same magnitude, speed, and height.
Looking south just after 9pm, noticed two bright orange lights moving east to west. They were separated by less than 5 degrees vertically and took about 1 minute to traverse about 25 degrees horizontally. They were approximately 10 degrees below the half moon. They appeared to lose brightness as they traversed the sky but remained clearly visible in the sliver of sky I was able to see. No sooner did the tandem lights disappear from my field of view than another single light appear traversing the same piece of sky at about the same position of the lower light in the tandem grouping. Same bright orange characteristic moving about the same speed. The apparent magnitude of these lights were brighter than the brightest planet I have ever seen.
They were not airplanes as I saw an airplane in the same section of sky and was easily able to compare the events. I am an engineer working in aviation so know the difference. In fact, I am attributing these lights to satellites reflecting the sun but since I have never seen three satellites traversing the night sky almost simultaneously and at that magnitude of brightness, I felt like I should report the event.