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Occurred : 11/18/2001 02:00 (Entered as : 12/01/2001 2:00)
Reported: 6/25/2004 12:29:48 AM 00:29
Posted: 7/8/2004
Location: Kahului, HI
Shape: Disk
Duration:2 hours
Sighting of object during meteor shower

Approx. Dec. 1st 2001 a heavily advertised meteor shower was to happen with its greatest show at approx. 02:00am from the east. I stayed up for event and it was indeed a spectacle. As I viewed the show I noticed to the NorthEast a stationary extremely bright star or planet. It was so bright that I wondered what planet it could be this time or year. I braced myself against the corner of my house and took a picture of it with my digital camera with a telephoto lens at the maximum. When I viewed the image it didn't really present change from the way I viewed it with the naked eye. So, I decided to download to my computer and then digitally magnify it. As I magnified it started taking on a shape up 200X before it became distorted. It definitely was metallic and was saucer shape. It appears that a light is on top but may be a reflection of the sun. I thought maybe this could be a satellite but it remained stationary and didn't move for approx. 2 hours. I, like most people didn't report it because of the possible stigmas attached to the person reporting such things. I feel though that it is an important picture for those concerned.

((NUFORC Note: Date is approximate. Witness may be alluding to the dramatic Leonid Meteor shower, which peaked on Sunday, November 18, 2001. For details, see here:

http://science.nasa.gov/headlines/y2001/ast15nov_1.htm?list49634

We have altered the date to November 18, 2001.
PD))