|Occurred : 8/30/2000 21:10 (Entered as : 08/30/00 21:10)
Reported: 8/31/2000 08:14
Location: Troy, OH
|Bright white light which appeared and disapeared in northern sky, in approx. one minute.
This was second sighting in one week. First occured Monday Aug 28 at 21:15 local time. Second sighting was Aug 30 at 21:10 local time. Both were exactly the same. From my position in west central Ohio, a bright light appreared approx 35 degrees from horizon due north. Light appreared from pin point to become a very bright light. Brighter than any star visible. The light lasted for approx 30-40 seconds the faded away to a pin point, then vanished. On Monday the 28th I noted it, and thought hard about making a report. The second sighting on the 30th convinced me this was not any type of aircraft or natural phenonmenon. I am a 42 year old male. Married. Own my own home. Currently employed full time, and with my current job 10 years. I have eight years active duty in the US Coast Guard as a Quartermaster (navigator) and have been trained to make true and keen observations. In 42 years I have never seen anything that remotely resembles this.
((NUFORC Note: We do not know what it was the witness observed. However, a regular reader of our posted reports has cited the fact that an Iridium was scheduled to "flare" ( Magnitude: -3) in the northern sky, as viewed from Troy, at 31 degrees above the horizontal plane, at 2109 hrs., on this date. The description is not entirely consistent with a sighting of an Iridium satellite, but we cite the coincidence of the two events. Our thanks to Lexy. PD))