|Occurred : 8/17/2003 22:00 (Entered as : 08/17/03 22:00)
Reported: 8/17/2003 11:56:38 PM 23:56
Location: Sedro-Woolley, WA
|8/17/03, Sedro-Woolley, WA a "blinking white star" that blinked on every 30-seconds slowly traversed n/w sky in n/w direction
My wife and I were in our backyard looking at the stars, and she pointed to a satellite in the northwest area of the night sky at approximately 45 degrees. We were both looking at this are when we both saw a light the size and intensity of an average star wink on for about 1/4 to 1/2 a second and then wink off. It reminded me of a lightning bug. We asked each other if we had seen it, and confirmed it. We kept looking at the same area and saw it again. I then began counting and found that it winked on in regular cycles of 29-30 seconds. It slowly moved its way northwest down the sky toward the horizon. We watched it go toward the horizon for an hour and a half, when we lost it in the glow of northern lights just above the tree tops. The flashing light grew fainter as it progressed down the sky, until it was visible only by means of my field glasses, which I had run inside to get. The light was white and had no other color to it.
At about 22:30 (or 1/2 hour into the sighting), both my wife and I saw off and to the side of the light we were tracking a second light wink on and wink off, as bright as a bright star. But it did not continue to blink, just that once. We kept tracking the original blinking star.