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Occurred : 8/1/1998 20:45 (Entered as : 08/01/98 20:45)
Reported: 8/8/1998 06:25
Posted: 3/21/2003
Location: St. Louis, MO
Shape: Light
Duration:less than 2 minutes
Object appeared below the moon. Travelled from Southeast to Northwest. Changed color and direction erratically.

My son-in-law and I were on the balcony of his apartment. He noticed an odd light below the moon and called my attention to it. The object appeared to be a light. Without a reliable frame of reference, it appeared to be approximately one-half the size of a pencil eraser viewed from the bottom. The object travelled at a good rate of speed from Southeast to Northwest. I estimate it covered approximately 120 degrees of arc in something under two minutes. There were two aspects of this light that were odd. It was constantly illuminated, but appeared to flicker rapidly, changing colors as it did so from red to blue. The flicker rate was very rapid, changing at least 30-40 times per second. The object's direction of travel was not in a straight line. It jumped from side to side and occasionally jumped backward, appearing to make 90 degree and even 180 degree course changes instantaneously. I am 56 years old, a self-employed management consultant with a masters degree in public administration. My son-in-law is an elementary school teacher. The sky was clear and the weather was very pleasant.