|Occurred : 11/11/2016 18:24 (Entered as : 11/11/16 18:24)
Reported: 11/12/2016 12:07:39 AM 00:07
Location: Salt Lake City, UT
|I observed one or two extremely bright white lights east of my location. The intensity of the light(s) was the same as a halogen headlight. The size of the light(s) was about a quarter inch in diameter.
I work at the airport and while sitting in my vehicle, facing east I saw one bright light above and east and to the south of Ensign Peak (elevation 5,417 ft) and at first assumed it was a car at first glance.
So, I turned on my spotlight and shined it in that direction. Flicking it on and off four times. The light dimmed to an intesity of a car headlight of a distance of approximately 3 miles. I was able to determine the distance based on Beck Street, which is below Ensign Peak.
As I watched the light it disappeared and then reappeared to the north of the peak. It then turned off.
This is not the first occurrence of this or these lights. I first noticed them in April of 2006. A large bright light, very bright would appear west of the airport, at the north end of the Oquirrh (pronounced oker) Mountains at about an altitude of 10,000 feet. And fly directly over the airport.
This altitude was determined by a FedEx MD-11 that departed and called out his altitude of 10,500 ft. And fly in the area and was dwarfed in size by the light.
These lights travel west to east and fly directly over Ensign Peak at a speed similar to a Cessna 182. As the light flies over in begins to descend in a straight down path approximately 10-15 miles east of the peak.
This is a monthly event.
These begin over the Keennecot smokestack and the do not have any identifiable type aircraft lights. Just a solid white light.
I am very familiar with aircraft. I grew up on or near Air Force bases (father was in the Air Force and I was a member of the Civil Air Patrol. I currently work law enforcement (27 yrs) at this location.