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National UFO Reporting Center Sighting Report
Occurred : 6/25/2002 23:12 (Entered as : 06/25/02 23:12)
Reported: 6/26/2002 9:09:30 PM 21:09
Posted: 7/1/2002
Location: Orting, WA
Shape: Other
Duration: 20 seconds
Object (satellite?) displayed short, intense increase in magnitude before vanishing ( near Ursa Major).

Looked up and observed what appeared to be a satellite traveling northward approx 10 degrees to the south of double star in constellation of Ursa Major. Magnitude of object was comparable to magnitude of brightest star in double. Object passed through Ursa Major approx 3 degrees west of double. During transit objects magnitude flared to at least twice the magnitude of Sirius (intensly bright!). Burst duration approx 1.5 seconds. Object dimmed to magnitude lower than it initial state approx 15 degrees north of double in Ursa major and was lost from sight.