|Occurred : 2/1/2003 23:15 (Entered as : 02/02/03 23:15)
Reported: 2/2/2003 12:40:25 AM 00:40
Location: Spokane, WA
|Black disk seen near Airway heights, near Spokane Washington, while doing time-exposures of N. Lights.
This was an exceptionally clear night, and I was out doing time-exposure photography of star trails and the northern lights, which were unusually visible due to the clarity of the sky. As I was looking through the viewfinder of my Canon EOS-3, I noticed something strange in the upper right corner of the view finder...I removed my eye from the viewfinder and tried to get a better view as to what I was seeing. It was a VERY large (2-3 times the size of a 747) disk, that was black, or at least looked black due to the absence of light. It was honest-to-God saucer shaped. I would have NEVER believed it was anything out of the ordinary..until I saw it move eastward in the sky. There was absolutely no noise at all...not even crickets. It was moving very slowly...in my very rough estimation, maybe 20 knots at the most. It stopped periodically and hovered in its location before continuing on the way. I attempted to take pictures, but it remains to be seen if anything will appear on film, due to the fact that I was shaking very much, and there was little light. Exposure times were in the 20-30 second range that I had set to record the northern lights. This is not any sort of a joke that I am playing. To be honest, I am still shaking here at home, as I write this.
((FOLLOW-UP #1 FROM WITNESS))
For confirmation....it is Saturday evening that I made the sighting. Sorry for the confusion!
((NUFORC Note: We have amended the date above, pursuant to the correction. Please see other report from Spokane area for same date and time. PD))
((FOLLOW-UP #2 FROM WITNESS))
The photo is being processed by ((deleted)) in ((deleted)). I am an advanced amateur photographer and send all of my film to a professional lab to have it processed. The return time takes about a week, so at the earliest, I'll have it on Saturday, but most likely next monday or Tuesday.
Photographs are automatically protected by copyright without any special action. Since I hold the physical original of the film, I am the copyright holder by default.
Airway Heights is Northwest of Spokane, on Highway 2. I was looking to the Northeast direction, probably ENE at the most. It appeared to travel in a Easterly direction, pausing occasionally.
I contend that it is by far, the creepiest and most frightening thing I've ever viewed.
((FOLLOW-UP #3 FROM WITNESS))
Mt. Spokane is probably straight ahead or very close to it of where I was looking..However, the object could not have been right over Mt. Spokane at the time that I viewed it, because I was able to see a star or two below it. Now that I think about it, it was heading towards the Mt. Spokane direction
relative to where I was viewing it...I never thought about that at the time.…
((NUFORC Note: We have received another report, a third, from the same location for approximately the same date and time period. We probably will investigate. PD))