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Occurred : 7/24/1998 01:40 (Entered as : 07/24/98 1:40)
Reported: 7/24/1998 23:52
Posted: 3/4/2003
Location: Portland, ME
Shape: Other
Duration:10 SECONDS
As I looked to the northern sky as I stepped from my car, I looked up into a constellation of stars. Soon thereafter, it was if one of the stars picked up and travelled southward and then pulled a 'J' hook towards the East. The object was as tiny and appeared reddish in color. The object moved at a steady pace across the sky. It did not make a sound, nor leave any trail like a shooting star. It travelled slower than a shooting star, and faster than a plane or helicopter, without any noise.

The evening began with me discussing certain unexplained philosphical phenomena with two other people. I took the angle of the scientific observer. I wanted proof of the 'religious' nature of the universe as the people I was talking to exclaimed to exist. I have always had a week spot in me for the unexplained, but yet, I have never really experienced anything that strayed me from the scientific and the provable. Yet tonight, as I came home, parked my car in the driveway, I looked up to a remarkably clear sky. I focused on a constellation, I'm not sure which, and, all of a sudden, a star like object began to move across the sky, starting in this constellation. I watched it travel in my direction, although it was completely at a great distance. It was if one of the stars just picked up and decided to move. I watched it move across the sky at a fairly rapic pace without changing course. Then it pulled a 'J' manoever in the sky. It began moving to the southeast and then the east and then partially toward the north. It did not leave a trail in the evening sky nor did it make a sound as it travelled. It did not blink like an airplane wing light. It did not shoot across the sky like a shooting star, of which I've seen thousands. It was very deliberate yet quick across the sky. I've seen satellites which moved slower and continued on a straight line. This object curved in a 'J' motion. I was cradled in my driveway by trees towards the southern end and it eventually disappeared behind the trees. I wish I could say that I was under the influence but I wasn't. The thing appeared and travelled like nothing I have ever seen in the sky before, and I spend a lot of time looking at the sky in Maine, where you receive more than the fair share of night time entertainment. This wasn't what is ordinarily in my sky.