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National UFO Reporting Center Sighting Report
Occurred : 10/17/1998 02:17 (Entered as : 10/17/1998 02:17)
Reported: 10/17/1998 14:38
Posted: 12/2/2000
Location: Ottawa (Woodroffe & Baseline) (Canada), ON
Shape: Light
Duration: 30 sec
from centre of Orion, a seemingly far off single point of light, brightness of a star, moved downward to horizon, side to side (about 2 finger widths) apx 30-45s total duration 2:17am

I was the first out my friends house, and immediately my eyes were drawn to what i thought was a satellite right in the middle of Orion. I turned to point it out to my friends. Turning back we noticed that the light was moving, not like a satellite. It at first went down and to the right from Orion, then began moving down towards the horizon, but in a side to side swaying motion. Possibly it was moving in a helix pattern downward (or away?). My friend was excited and ran back in the house to get two others, but by the time they came back out it was gone. 3 of us saw it, 2 missed it. It seemed to be quite far away, and was no brighter than an average star. Synchronistically, it did happen after i'd been telling them all about ufo's and other strange phenomena. At the time Orion was perhaps 15 degrees above the horizon. the event lasted about 30 to 45 s. (our first sighting :) i would like to hear other reports of the same object. thank you