NUFORC Sighting 13651

Occurred: 2000-08-02 21:30 Local
Reported: 2000-08-03 00:00 Pacific
Duration: 20 mins +
No of observers: 1

Location: Key Peninsula, WA, USA

Shape: Light
Characteristics: Lights on object

At approximately 9:30 pm (9:30-10:00) I was standing on my porch looking South. There was a pulsing light with red strobing suspended stationary in the sky. It appeared to be quite a distance away and was there longer than the 20 mins that I observed it. I had seen a similar light the year before only the light was due East. My son actually observed this with me and we watched it approximately 20 minutes. Interestingly, the on both occassions the light was missing at the same time the following day. I assumed that it was a "blinking" star at first but it did not move nor did it seem to travel at all during the time that I was watching it. There was no 2nd guessing the second event because it was directly in the middle of two of my tall trees. I would not have had difficulty finding it again but it just wasn't there the next night.


The description of the first sighting seems consistent with a "twinkling" star. However, we have no explanation for why the object did not appear the next night. We receive many reports like this, and our only guess is that the celestial object is in a slightly different part of the sky at the time the witness attempts to look at, or for, the object a second time. Most non-scientifically oriented observers are not very experienced at looking at the night sky, we observe. Just a guess, however. PD

Posted 2000-08-05

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