Occurred: 2015-07-24 21:00 Local
Reported: 2015-07-26 14:49 Pacific
Duration: 5 minutes
No of observers: 1

Location: Reading, PA, USA

Shape: Light


Orangish colored bright light traveling slowly over Reading, Pa.

I took the dog out around 9:00pm. I always look up at the moon and stars and when I did that night I saw a single orangish colored bright light to the west moving very slowly towards the south. I live close to the local airport, so my first thought was that it was a small plane in a landing pattern, but realized that this was a single bright orangish colored light rather than the bright white landing light or the smaller red and green navigation lights on planes.

I then thought that maybe it was a helicopter but again eliminated that for the same reason. The sky was perfectly clear so there were no clouds to get a good reference of how high or far away the light may have been but I felt like it was maybe a thousand feet up and maybe a mile or so away. I heard no sound that would be associated with a plane or helicopter, but again I really wasn't sure how far away the light really was. As the light traveled slowly towards the south it got smaller and higher in the sky until it disappeared. I don't think it blinked out but rather just got out of my sight due to the distance. I was able to see it for about 5 minutes.

I'm a retired supervisor and have lived close to the local airport for over 20 years, so I know what airplanes and helicopters look like, as they come and go from the airport during the day and night, and this light was like nothing that would be from a plane or helicopter.

Posted 2015-07-31

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