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Occurred : 7/21/2004 23:06 (Entered as : 07/21/2004 23:06)
Reported: 7/21/2004 11:24:53 PM 23:24
Posted: 7/25/2004
Location: Kenmore, WA
Shape: Unknown
Duration:<1 minute
High flying light heading north stopped and then vanished on a clear night.

I was on my balcony, which faces south, having a cigarette and looking at the stars. Suddenly out of the southern sky is a light heading due north. I assumed it was either a high flying plane or a satelite (probably a satelite because of the apparent altitude and speed), I've seen quite a few in the last 3 or 4 weeks which I believed were satelites because of their apparent altitude and speed (I watch the ISS whenever I can and their speed is comparable although slightly faster). It was heading directly over my head when it suddenly stopped and then about 5 seconds later just vanished. The sky is very clear with no clouds whatsoever and where it vanished was among a number of stars. As far as I am aware, satelites cannot just stop in mid orbit and neither can high flying planes. Were it not for it stopping and then vanishing, I would not have found it unusual, I would have just assumed it was a satelite.