NUFORC Sighting 173815

Occurred: 2022-12-08 20:15 Local - Approximate
Reported: 2023-01-09 13:03 Pacific
Duration: ~50 minutes
No of observers: 2

Location: Starting abeam Idaho Falls, ID thru Moses Lake, WA, WA, USA
Location details: In flight starting in eastern ID through central WA State.

Shape: Light
Characteristics: Lights on object, Emitted beams

Sighting of one to three extremely bright maneuvering lights at extreme distance and elevation.

Third sighting I'm reporting. Very similar in type and duration to my second report.

The third sighting was on UAL Flt 1910/Dec 08, 2022, DEN – YVR (Vancouver, BC). The general description of the encounter I had on the flight into EUG remains the same, except for this time there were between one to three light sources, either one at a time, two at a time, or three at a time. This sighting lasted a good 50 minutes, starting in Eastern Idaho and lasting all the way to the top of descent into YVR (near Moses Lake, WA). The relative position of the light sources were all the same as compared to the background stars/planets (which included what I believe was Saturn – though I didn’t confirm it at the time), that was ~35 degrees above the western horizon. The light sources were ~25 degrees above the horizon (below and to the right of what I think was Saturn). I queried ATC about this sighting, and his response was that there had been other reports of the same type of things over the previous week or so. ATC was as baffled about these lights as we were. The ATC controller said that there wasn't any military activity going on over the WA coast. The controller I was in contact with mentioned that one of his supervisors had a video, but he didn’t specify what was on the video or how it was obtained. In both of the latter two sightings it seemed as if we never travelled any closer to the light source’s location, as we had travelled a good 300 miles (Nov 09 Flt) to 500 miles (Dec 08 Flt) from the time of first sighting. The light’s source must have been well off the Oregon/Washington coast in each case. If that's true, at their source, the lights must be extremely bright - brighter than any landing light I’ve ever seen. The lights must be at an extremely high altitude as well, based on our relative distance to them and the curvature of the Earth. Also, the speed must be numerous times what an airliner or business jet could fly, and likely faster than any fighter travelling at Mach. This third sighting was particularly compelling, as the initial sighting appeared to (at first) be the ISS travelling from the WNW to the ESE. It travelled for ~two degrees before disappearing. I had seen the ISS just the night before (Dec 07, 2022) when having dinner at a friend’s house in Aurora, CO. That initial appearance caught my attention and prompted me to continue to scan the area for further sightings. Finally, one of the last sightings on this flight was of three lights arranged in a tilted equilateral triangle, with the top left light apexed towards Saturn. The top left light source moved slightly, and a light beam was clearly evident, that had the appearance of a flashlight that was being diffused by water vapor in the atmosphere. The beam was initially pointed in roughly our direction, but slightly to our left, then panned further to our left so it was pointing towards a southerly direction. I don’t mean to imply that the light was specifically directed toward us, just that it was initially pointing in roughly our direction.

Posted 2023-03-06

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