|Occurred : 8/12/2003 21:30 (Entered as : 08/12/03 21:30)
Reported: 8/12/2003 8:18:43 PM 20:18
Location: Burnsville, MN
|Two star like objects accelerate and fade one after the other.
I was standing outside in my backyard, which faces east, and was watching the sky as I usually do this time of evening. I noticed a very bright object about the size of the brightest star, which at first, was moving at an almost imperceptible speed. It was in the east, southeast part of the sky, at an angle of about 30 degrees. It accelerated north from its position, but always moving slower than a satelite, and faded out at about 5 degrees from its original position. I searched for the object for about 4 seconds when I noticed another object of the same magnitude a few degrees southwest of the first. It moved the same direction and speed as the first, and it also faded in the same manner and area as the first. Again, both objects seemed not to be moving at first, but accelerated about 5 degrees from their original positions and faded. Most satelites I watch travel well past 90 degrees at this time in the evening, and I've never seen 2 satelites travel this close to each other.
((NUFORC Note: We observe that the planet, Mars, would be in the area of the sky that the witness indicates at the time of the sighting, and it would be very prominent. It does not move perceptibly. We do not know what the witness observed. PD))