Location: Poughkeepsie, NY, USA
Duration: 1-2 min
No of observers: 3
Reported: 2005-01-23 09:27:27 Pacific
Posted: 2005-01-27 00:00:00
Red light in the night sky.
it was late on a saturday night in november, two of my sons were playing video games and i was waiting up for the oldest to come home from his job as a waiter. i wanted a cigarrette and decided to go outside since i just watched a commercial on second hand smoke. it was a little warm for november so it was enjoyable. i had taken my boys out at night for years to look for satellites and had no issue distinguishing between jets and other aircraft. the sky was cloudless and as starfilled as you can get in a small city. my front door faces east and slightly off to my right is the orion constellation. i see what appears to be a satellite coming through orion in my dirrection. no blinking lights, very uniform motion, however it was deep red in color. i call for the boys to come see this and they ran out quickly. it was clearly visible to them without any need for their eyes to adjust. it maintained its course but started to slow down until we were looking straight up to see it when it stopped. it remained stationary for a few seconds then started to ping pong around for lack of a better term. it would move in on dirrection then change course instantly with no noticible deceleration. as it was doing this it started to become fainter until it faded out. my youngest sons science teacher has a home high on a hill in a rural area and is an avid skywatcher. she began telling the kids about a very unusual light she observed the previous saturday night when zack spoke up and described what we had seen. their stories matched exactly. it was a sat. night in november 2003 at approx. 11:30 however it could have been the 15th or 21st.
Date is approximate. PD
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