NUFORC Sighting 60010

Occurred: 2007-11-23 11:35 Local
Reported: 2007-11-24 09:46 Pacific
Duration: a few seconds
No of observers: 1

Location: Fort Washington, PA, USA

Shape: Unknown

unusual daytime object that seemed to have a repetitive 'jump'

23 November 2007 mostly cloud-free w/ a few high wispy clouds, 45º F, wind ~15mph Celestron Optiview 10x25 7º FOV binoculars with ‘polarizing filters’ enabled.

A poor quality binocular however it has the polarizing filters.

~ 11:35 While watching a plane I saw a bright point of light directly overhead which appeared as a planet would be viewed during the daytime with binoculars.

Traveled in N-S direction. Relatively fast speed. Viewed for 2-4 sec. and lost due to tree obstruction.

Most likely a daytime sight of a satellite in orbit.

~ 11:45 While watching a hawk in high flight, I saw an object in background, I focused and followed it.

The form, while not exactly certain, appeared rectangular/oblong/cylindrical. Object was whitish, not highly reflective.

(sequence 1) The object was fading in and out of visual perception with an in/out repetition of ~ 1.25 sec.

(~.625 sec. visible, ~ .625 sec. non-visible) Sequence 2 The object went through THREE of the above sequences. After three of the above sequences, during the non-visible portion of the sequence, the object appeared to 'jump' forward in less than the time frame of a single in/out sequence.

I viewed three to four of the ‘jump’ sequences at which point the object faded from view.

The object was initially viewed to the NE at about an 80º elevation. It traveled in a roughly NNW-ESE direction.

The object was ~~~1/30 in length of the FOV of the binoculars. The jump was ~~~ 1/4 - 1/3 FOV of binoculars.

Due to the relatively short time frame of the above, the times indicated are HIGHLY suspect. The requirement of keeping the object in view particularly after the ‘jump’, required a great degree of effort. Luckily the object was within the FOV of the binoculars after the jump.

Also, during the non-visible portion of sequence 1, there may have been an indication of the object as a ‘darkened’ object ? I have no idea what this object could have been.

Posted 2007-11-28

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