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Occurred : 8/10/1997 23:30 (Entered as : 8-10-97 23:30 pm)
Reported: 8/20/1997 15:21
Posted: 2/11/2003
Location: Bellingham, WA
Shape: light
Duration:3 minutes
Summary : Saw a dim moving light. Thought I was watching a satellite. Yellow light flashed brilliantly, then faded to near invisibility. It was a clear night and I was out to watch the Perseid meteor shower.

I am a university teacher who has lived in Bellingham for 7 years. I am interested in UFO phenomena, but have never seen anything unusual before. On the evening of August 10, 1997, I was outside at 11:30 pm watching for shooting stars when I saw what I thought was a satellite. It was very dim, almost invisible, and I only noticed it because of the faint movement. As I watched, the "satellite" suddenly flashed a brilliant yellow light. The original light in the sky was barely a pinprick, but the flash was as large as my pinky nail held at arms length. After the flash, the "satellite" seemed to disappear. I could then make out faint movement and a tiny pinprick of light and then the object flashed again. It moved in an east-to-west trajectory and flashed about every ten seconds until it went out of my line of sight. I estimate that I watched the object for approximately 2, maybe 3 minutes. I went inside, through the house, to see if it was visible from my front porch! (I had been on my back deck). It wasn't. I wonder is anyone else has seen something similar?