Reported: 1997-03-23 00:00 Pacific
Duration: 20-25 secs.
No of observers: 1
Location: Manassas, VA, USA
Summary : Seen 4 lights, high speed, very high altitude in the Manassas, VA area.
I was outside walking my dog and observing the lunar eclipse around 11:20pm, I had been outside for about 20 minutes. I was getting cold and it seemed like the eclipse wasn't really getting "full", I was getting ready to head in and I noticed a very faint light, like a blur, kind of like when a search light goes across the sky.I looked back up and I seen 4 very soft or faint lights directly overhead and very high up. I looked up with my binoculars to get a better look and I could see 4 lights, shaped like a triangle with 1 of the lights sort of trailing off the back right one, closer to it than the rest were to each other. I watched them through thebinoculars for about 10 -15 seconds before they were out of sight. The whole thing happened in about 20 - 25 seconds. The lights were very faint sort of a hazy yellow color. The sky at the time was crystal clear, about 10 minutes before the "sighting" the last of some clouds had passed by. In comparison to any airplanes flying aroundtonight these lights were probably 3 or 4 times as high and 10 times faster. I didn't hear any engines. The whole thing is a bit of exciting also a bit of alarming, its the first time I've ever seen something in the sky and couldn't figure out what it was. It might have been military stuff but I don't think so, it was really very fast.I would just like to know what it was, I figure with all the people observing the eclipse tonight someone else should have seen it too. If this service hears of someone else seeing it please e-mail me and let me know. Thanks.
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