Occurred: 2009-08-10 22:23 Local
Reported: 2009-08-10 22:39 Pacific
Duration: 20 sec
No of observers: 2

Location: Salem, OR, USA

Shape: Circle
Characteristics: Emitted beams, Changed Colo

Thought it was a Satellite until witnessing a very bright flash of light come from the object.

While looking at the western sky noticed a small dot in the sky traveling from north to south. Thought it was a satellite at first as it was very small and seemed to be traveling at the speed I am use to seeing from a satellite. The odd thing was as we were watching the small dot it suddenly started to glow with a very high intensity light so much so that I thought it was a helicopter spotlight. The light only lasted for a few seconds then went back to normal and the craft continued on a southerly course at the same speed before fading out. I have an aviation background and do not think it was an aircraft given the small size, the speed of the object and the brightness of the flash.

Posted 2009-08-27

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