Reported: 2003-09-11 22:45 Pacific
Duration: 25 seconds
No of observers: 2
Location: Wheelersburg, OH, USA
Characteristics: Lights on object
A pair of stars begin to circle each other....shoot off...then return to their original positions....
My wife and i were travelling west on US 52 in Ohio and were just entering Wheelersburg on the way to Portsmouth. I was riding shotgun. I had reciently bought a telescope and was watching the sky. I soptted a group of stars that were brighter than most and seemed to stand out in the sky. If you were looking at them like they were on a clock face the lights were at your 7 o clock and at your 1 o clock. They also were exactly the same color as most of they nearby stars, only brighter...about magnitude 1.5 to 2.0. All of the sudden they began to revolve around each other and i screamed to my wife to stop the car and she did. Just in time to see them stop spinning and shoot off in opposite directions. They were very fast, going from revolving to about the distance from saturn to jupiter (as viewed from earth) in no less than 1 second. As odd as this seems as soon as they reached their max distance from each other, without decelerating reversed course and began to slow until they reached their original places in the sky. My wife saw them revolving and watched them shoot off and return. The revolving part lasted about 20 seconds.
We were able to see them in the sky until we went to bed about 1:30 am and never seen them since.
Date is approximate. PD
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