|Occurred : 12/31/2002 23:50 (Entered as : 12/31/02 23:50)
Reported: 1/2/2003 10:14:48 PM 22:14
Location: Wenatchee, WA
|Three adults and four children viewed nine star-like orange-yellow lights in the eastern horizon moving in random directions with
We saw 9 lights to the east in two groups. One group, the upper, consisted of three lights at about 20 degrees above the horizon oriented in a vertical formation. The lower group consisted of six lights more tightly grouped at about 15 degrees above the horizon. The general location of all the lights was 70 degrees east of magnetic north. All the lights were were moving slowly in random directions. All the lights were identical in color and the color was orange-yellow. The lights looked like bright stars in appearance. Not as bright as some of the brighter planets on a clear night, but nearly so. Also, all nine lights were identical in brightness.
The lights twinkled in appearance as stars do, and they had no discernable shape other than a point of light. I looked at the lights with a set of binoculars to try to determine a shape and found no change other than being slightly brighter in appearance with less twinkling. Twice I saw other fainter lights dropping from the larger-brighter lights. As the viewing period progressed the two groups of lights moved together as one group oriented somewhat vertically on the horizon. One by one each light vanished toward the end of the viewing period.
None of these lights behaved like an aircraft or meteor. They appeared to be hovering and moving up, down, and sideways in a random fashion. All nine lights behaved independantly of one another.
Witnesses: Three adults and four children. All three adults are professed UFO skeptics. Two of the adults have Bachelor of Science degrees. One in Mechanical Engineering and the other in Chemistry. The Mechanical Engineer has been and aviation enthusiast most of his life and is frequently viewing stars and aircraft in the skies.