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Occurred : 9/27/2000 20:35 (Entered as : 09/27/00 20:35)
Reported: 9/28/2000 12:33
Posted: 3/21/2003
Location: Rapid City, SD
Shape: Light
Duration:1 minute
Looked for and found a satellite, as well as a UFO

On the evening of 27 September, I was in my back yard looking up in the sky. I was trying to prove to a friend that what he had witnessed the previous evening was a satellite and nothing more, so I watched the same area of sky he had (due north) and waited. Sure enough, a dimly lit object came from the south and halfway across the sky gained in brightness, reached a peak of brightness, and slowly dimmed and moved on. I attributed the change in illumination to reflection of sunlight off a solar panel of a man-made object, but my story does not end here. Crossing the path of the above object and just barely visible to the naked eye was a dimmer object which seemed to have a reddish-brown aura surrounding it. I thought it was a shooting star at first, but the object did not throw sparks and was travelling too slowly for a meteorite, but faster than any object that I have seen in orbit. It moved from west to southeast, and performed manuvers (no meteor could have done this) in a zig-zag fashion. I watched the object for a full minute until it faded from sight.