Reported: 2002-10-16 19:55 Pacific
Duration: 1 1/2 hour
No of observers: 3
Location: Gaysville, VT, USA
Characteristics: Lights on object
Multicolor flashing cone object in Vermont
My wife, son and I were camping in Vermont. At 8:15 PM he went outside. He called my wife out to look at an object. He then called me out also. We were on the White River, at a spot that we had been camping at for 10 years. In the NE sky at an altitude of about 2,000 feet we saw a stationery object. We noticed that it was flashing. We got a pair of binoculars from the car to look more closely at the object. My wife looked first, and couldn't believe her eyes. My son them looked at the object and said, "what in the earth is that? I have never seen anything like that before!". When I looked at the object, I could see flashing lights. They were extremely bright. Almost like strobe lights. The colors were; red, yellow, blue, green, and white. They appeared to be in a cone shape. The red light was on the bottom left. The white light was on the bottom right and slightly higher up. The Green light was even higher up and in the center. the blue light and the yellow light were further up over the green light. The lights flashed in rapid succession, and seemed to be in a pattern. The speed and intensity of the lights were intense. We were all sure that this object was nothing that we had ever seen before. It was not an aircraft or weather balloon. When I returned home I reported the sighting to the Air Force.
The bright star, Sirius, also known as the "Dog Star," is in the northeast sky at the time and date indicated. It is the 4th brightest object visible in the northern hemisphere sky, and it is frequently reported to us as a twinkling star. PD
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