|Occurred : 5/23/2004 22:30 (Entered as : 05/23/2004 22:30)
Reported: 5/27/2004 2:37:06 PM 14:37
Location: St. George Island, FL
|Bright point of light travelling south to north, zig-zagged, stopped, slowed, instantly resumed speed.
On top of beach house with three friends looking for meteors and satellites. Saw 3 meteors, and six satellites.
Then, noticed what appeared to be a satellite coming from south in region of Scorpio, about 35 degrees above horizon.
- Magnitude between that of Saturn and Polaris.
- Shape was a point.
- Color was bright yellow/white.
Object followed a trajectory that first arched westward, then northward where it disappered around 40 degrees above the norther horizon.
Along its trajectory from south to north, the object zig-zagged, slowed down, then instantaneously resumed orginal speed several times. Zig-zag pattern was around trajectory path from south to north. If its path were drawn, it would look like a schematic of series electronic resistors.
Amplitude of zig-zag was about 5/16" (width of my little finger nail) held at arm's length, and seemed to be in groups of four of five over a distance of 1 1/4" (distance from first joint of little finger to tip) held at arm's length. The object seemed to do the zig-zag pattern, straighten out for about 1" at arm's length, then repeat the pattern in the opposite direction. It would then repeat this pattern. When object slowed, zig-zag motion ceased.
Before I saw the object the witness who saw it first saw it stop a couple of times. I did not see it stop, but I did notice it slow down about three times and resume its original speed as it passed through the ecliptic.
I cannot say that the object was self-illuminated, however, it did not behave in a fashion indicating reflected light, or a spinning satellite (these tend to sinusoidally vary in brightness, i.e., "pulse").