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National UFO Reporting Center
Sighting Report
Occurred : 9/8/2001 21:30 (Entered as : 09/08/01 21:30)
Reported: 9/9/2001 13:48
Posted: 10/12/2001
Location: Salem, OR
Shape: Flash
Duration:1 minute
Four stationary bright flashes in the constellation of the Swan

Saturday night we were observing the constellation of the Swan [Cygnus] when we witnessed four distinct flashes that appeared not far from the tip of the eastern wing. Each flash lasted about four seconds, with the first being the brightest, and then progressively getting fainter. When the flashes occurred they were stationary in the sky, and not moving like a meteor, satellite, or plane. We have observed many planes and meteors for years and this was nothing like any of those occasions. Each flash flared and then faded without moving, and then reappeared in a slightly different location still within the swan. We have no idea what we saw and are truly at a loss to explain it. Further, we would appreciate any explanation you might give us. Thank you