|Occurred : 6/28/2003 23:30 (Entered as : 06/28/03 23:30)
Reported: 7/2/2003 11:35:13 PM 23:35
Location: Layton, UT
|Tiny pinpoints seen moments apart, moving North at a steady, unwavering rate.
It was around eleven at night and I was outside with a pair of binoculars, taking advantage of the good weather by stargazing. It was a warm night, there weren't any clouds in sight, and the light pollution was low. I was looking for Polaris, the North Star, by following the stars Dubhe and Merak of Ursa Major. I was having difficulty finding it, and I blamed this on a stray cloud, even though it was a clear night. Suddenly, something caught my right eye and I realized that a small pinpoint of light was moving across the constellation Bootes toward the area I had been searching earlier, to the North. At first, I thought it was a shooting star, but I continued to watch it and it did not fade or disappear. I knew it was not an airplane, either, as it was far too high in the atmosphere. It was about the size of a small star, and had a reddish glint to it. As I watched, it made its way across the sky, then disappeared from my view once it got too low to the horizon. I shrugged this off, and continued to stargaze. But it hit me as a real shock when I realized that there was another one, following the same Northern path in the sky. I watched this one, and then a third, for it appeared shortly after the second. They were all tiny pinpoints of light that required my binoculars for a clear view, and all three followed the Northern path, disappearing once they came too close to the horizon.
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