|Occurred : 8/17/2001 21:15 (Entered as : 08/17/01 21:15)
Reported: 8/18/2001 09:49
Location: Prescott, AZ
|Erratic starlike objects "dancing" in the sky
First seen on 8/16 as a single item. It was a reddish yellow and was brighter than all other stars,but the same size.The reason it caught my attn.was it's erratic movement...bounced downward to the left and back to the right then to the side and back. Around 21:45 it began to move toward the south.When I saw it,itwas in the western sky at ou 25-35 degrees and later moved slwly and somewhat spastically to the southern .. at the same approx altitude. Last night the same appeared along with two others...SSW and SW...behaving exactly the same way These observations were made from my bedroom which was dark and also from our rear deck.Interference from city light is minimal.My wife also witnessed these events.I will be checking again tonight.
((NUFORC Note: We believe that the report is not inconsistent with a sighting of Mars, but that explanation would not account for the movement of the object over 3 minutes' time, as asserted by the witness. However, the object was in that portion of the sky in which Mars would be seen, and inexperienced observers frequently report that a stationary celestial body was seen by them "to be moving." PD))