NUFORC Sighting 11197

Occurred: 1999-11-23 19:00 Local
Reported: 1999-11-29 00:00 Pacific
Duration: 3 seconds
No of observers: 0

Location: Moon (near the moon surface), , Moon

Shape: Cigar

Observing the moon with binoculars. Shape crossed so near the moon's surface that it casted a shadow on the moon as it passed - HUGE !!

the moon (slightly passed full)was about 35 degrees above the horizon. I was observing with binoculars. the shape passed from left to right (horizontally), close to the moon's surface. I would extimate that the length of the object was approx 1/40 the diameter of the moon. It passed across the moon in about four seconds. As it passed, it cast a shadow on the moon. The shadow on the moon was slightly higher than the object itself. The shadow was the same size as the object (I suspect the object was very close to the moon, very large, and moved very fast). The object was dark against the bright moon. The shadow did not seem to be any darker than the object. The object looked like a fat cigar or a skinny football. As the object moved across the moon it could not be seen (no lights). The object did not appear to be orbiting the moon (did not appear again). Could it have been an asteroid? This object was not in the same orbital plane as the moon around the earth.

Posted 1999-11-30

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