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Sighting Report
Occurred : 12/5/1996 22:00
Reported: 12/6/1996 15:24
Posted: 2/11/2003
Location: Seattle, WA
Shape:
Duration:30 sec.
The observer was standing at the window of his high rise apartment near Pike Place Market, looking west and southwest.

Suddenly, he witnessed a strange "light" in the sky, which at first he thought was a beam of light coming up from West Seattle. It looked like a "flattened oval of soft red/orange light." It made a perfect arc across the sky. It covered 2/3 of the sky during its movement.

Then, the observer realized that it could not be a search light, for example, because it was above the clouds, and he would have seen the light passing through the clouds.

The light moved across the sky in a perfect arc, as if tethered to the ground. It appeared to travel from east to west.

The clouds at the time were high and "transparent."

The caller volunteered that he has a slight color anomaly in his vision, and he believes anyone with normal color perception would have found the light to be more prominent in the sky than it was to him.