Reported: 2009-08-10 22:39 Pacific
Duration: 20 sec
No of observers: 2
Location: Salem, OR, USA
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.