NUFORC Sighting 148202

Occurred: 2019-08-10 20:45 Local
Reported: 2019-08-10 20:06 Pacific
Duration: 20 minutes
No of observers: 1

Location: Columbia, MD, USA

Shape: Unknown
Characteristics: Lights on object

Blinking white lights looked like rotating object in the night sky; moved oddly and then stayed it the same place 5-10 minutes.

Above the horizon level to the moon I could only see a row of white lights blinking in succession; the way the lights were blinking it looked like object rotating, but there was no way to know for sure.

In the parking lot of Walmart in Columbia, looking south towards the 1/2 moon and Jupiter, I was in my car and watching the lights flash oddly. About the size of regular stars. Lived in this area 50 years so I know what helicopters, planes, and such look like taking off from BWI, National, Dulles etc but this was very different. \

It moved to the right, then down slowly, and seemed to zig zag and flash intermittently. Then it stayed still for several minutes while it kept spinning (or blinking lights in quick succession in a row). I was going to go home but instead got out of the car and watched it. The lights did not recede while it stood still for 5-10 minutes at least (same size).

Then it very slowly started to move straight downward in the sky. I checked! my cell phone to see what it could be; when I looked back it was gone. I wanted to show someone else, but that Walmart parking lot is iffy and I wouldn't talk to anyone else there in the dark.

Posted 2019-08-23

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