|Occurred : 3/26/2001 20:10 (Entered as : 03/26/01 20:10)
Reported: 3/27/2001 09:31
Location: Wauconda, WA
|Slow "satelite" stops,changes color and fades out.
Not too spectacular.Simply appeared to be a normal satelite until I realized it was moving at about 1/4 the speed I usually see a satelite move.This caught my attention so I watched it for about 20 seconds.The object then came to a dead stop,changed from a starlike color to a pale rust color and faded out over about 3 seconds until it vanished.It never returned to view.This is the second sighting of this kind I have seen this year,the first being in early January.Another similar sighting happened in Feb.2000 where I saw an extra "star in the handle of the big dipper begin to move from a dead stop about 2 deg.across the sky,shoot straight up at incredible speed out of sight.A sighting of a marble sized orange ball preceeded that sighting by about two months.