|Occurred : 10/22/1998 02:40 (Entered as : 10/22/98 02:40)
Reported: 10/22/1998 03:35
Location: Silverlake, WA
|Object shaped like a 1/4 moon moving rapidly south, then turned east for a few seconds then back south. It had a dull "glow" about it, and stars in the background DIDNOT disappear (but dimmed) when it passed between me and those stars.
Riding my motorcycle home from work, I noticed the haze of a nebula (?) below the belt of the constelation Orion. When I got home I took out my small telesope and sat on my back porch and focused on that nebula, then started just looking around the sky without the scope. I was looking practically straight up when I saw this object come into view from the over the top of a tall tree that is in the yard. When I focused my eyes on the object, I couldn't understand what it was. It didn't look solid, but rather like a thin cloud. I watched it travel south, for about a 5 seconds then turn east just for a couple of seconds. It then turned back south and continued in a straight line. I jumped off my porch to get to the side of the house where I could still observe the object and watch until I lost it in the tree line from neighbor's trees. When I first noticed the object (straight up) it looked like a cloud that you could see through. After I observed it turn east then south, I specifically watched for it to pass between me and a star. When it did, the star light did not blink off, but dimmed instead. There was no sound of any wind, but the object was very high in the sky. What made me think it was not a cloud was that when it turned 90 degrees (twice), it maintained the same quarter moon shape.