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Occurred : 10/3/2001 20:15 (Entered as : 10/03/01 8:15pm)
Reported: 10/3/2001 5:49:49 PM 17:49
Posted: 3/4/2003
Location: Wilmington, MA
Shape: Circle
Duration:2 mins
I was out on my lawn viewing the near full moon...I bright object caught my eye, it had a bluish hue. I thought it was a firework and expected to see little pieces break off, and it would disappear. I believe the planet Mars is in the northern sky, and has been recently...(if not, there is a very reddish star there that crosses the sky). This object was about 4 times the size of it. Maybe a 4th- 5th the size of tonights moon. Anyhow, the object faded away quickly, travelling northwestward. It appeared to be very high in the sky when I lost sight of it. It seemed, maybe within 10000 feet when I first saw it. The object made no noise. I am a veteran skywatcher and I have seen satellites travel through the night sky, reflecting the sun.They usually, I believe, have a yellowish hue, and are never close to being this vivid. It did travel in a straight line away from me as a satellite would.( I'm not sure about the distance 10000', it's a guess, I live on approach to Logan Airport..based on aircraft sightings) Thanks