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Sighting Report
Occurred : 9/24/2003 20:01 (Entered as : 09/24/2003 20:01)
Reported: 9/25/2003 2:35:01 PM 14:35
Posted: 9/28/2003
Location: Hoboken, NJ
Shape: Circle
Duration:20 seconds
Bright whitish blue stationary light, 15º north, 10º west of immediate overhead view. Object twice as bright as Mars. Object suddenly increased in luminosity while stationary. Commutor plane passes underneath. Object rapidly moves slightly to the north and mostly upwards. Object becomes smaller and smaller until it is a barely visible dot of light higher up in sky. Within 5 seconds, from a stationary point, object became unviewable as it was lost in the dark sky above.


((NUFORC Note: Report is consistent, we believe, with a sighting of a "flare" reflection form Iridium satellite #16. Please see entry from <www.heavens-above.com> below:

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Search Period Start: 16:48, Tuesday, 23 September, 2003
Search Period End: 17:48, Thursday, 25 September, 2003
Observer's Location: Hoboken ( 40.7440°N, 74.0330°W)
Local Time: Eastern Daylight Time (GMT - 4:00)


Date Local Time Intensity ( Mag) Alt. Azimuth Distance to flare centre Intensity at flare centre (Mag.) Satellite
23 Sep 20:04:15 -1 37° 3° (N ) 24.4 km (W) -8 Iridium 12
24 Sep 19:58:05 -5 39° 5° (N ) 6.4 km (W) -8 Iridium 16

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