Occurred: 1998-06-28 22:00 Local
Reported: 1998-07-07 00:00 Pacific
Duration: 10 seconds
No of observers: 3

Location: Craig (5 miles east of), MT, USA

Shape: Oval
Characteristics: Lights on object, Aura or haze around object, Changed Colo

On the above date and time, myself and two others were camping on my property 5 miles east of Craig, Mt. in the Big Belt Mts. The sky was clear, temp in the low 60's. We were sitting around the campfire star gazing, and had spotted a few falling stars. But this was no falling star. I looked towards the SSW direction and noticed a bright pinpoint of light in a straight line heading NNW above the Big Dipper, which was plain to see. At first I thought it was a satellite, but after 5 seconds of watching it, as were my nephew and friend... it became extremly bright "white" with a corona around the outside almost as of a burning light completelyt round, almost 10-20 times brighter and it accellerated when it did... for a burst of 3 seconds then it became the small pinlight as in the beginning of the sighting. The other two gents I was with made a commment of satellite, but I have seen thousands of them, and this did not act as if it was one. The object went out of sight heading NNW, total sighting time, 10-13 seconds, altitude undetermined, but we were at a level of 4500 feet in the mountains.

Posted 2001-08-05

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