Occurred: 2006-08-16 21:25 Local
Reported: 2006-08-17 12:51 Pacific
Duration: 10 minutes
No of observers: 2

Location: Roxbury, NH, USA

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

southwest New Hampshire, pulsing multi-colored light, stationary then moving to high speed

I was sitting in my easy chair watching Tv. Through the window to my left I noticed a bright red flashing light, stationary in the western sky. I expected it to move, but it didn't. As I watched it for a minute or so the red light changed from a single red light to a somewhat circular array of less intense lights that did not flash. I could now see red, white and blue-green colored lights. I thought my eyes were playing tricks on me so I got up and went outside with binoculars. As I watched it would alternate between the two light paterns. After about a minute it started to move toward the east. It moved slowly at first and rapidly gained speed as it passed overhead and went out of sight to the east. It was a very quiet night with no wind and we did not hear a sound. It accelerated to a speed faster than a jet plane. A moment after we lost sight of it,(my wife was standing beside me watching this also, we saw what looked like a very bright meteor drop almost straight down, about 5 degrees to the left of where we had last seen the odd lights which had passed out of our view behind trees. The meteor was bright yellow and lasted only a second. It may have had nothing to do with the lights we were watching. Most of the sky was very clear and full of stars. There were some clouds low in the sky to the west. We could not see the actual shape of the object, only the lights. We saw the lights against a clear sky, not through clouds. Whatever it was it appeared to be quite high in the sky. I would guess between 25000 & 45000 feet. My wife and I are both retired. We live on a mountain top at the end of a dead end road, about a mile from any neighbors.

Posted 2006-10-30

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