|Occurred : 8/7/2004 18:30 (Entered as : 08/07/2004 18:30)
Reported: 8/11/2004 10:08:16 PM 22:08
Location: West Hampton, NY
|Star-like lights visible in daytime sky over beach.
While flying a kite on the beach at Cupsogue Park, I kept getting a glimpse of something in the southeastern sky, approximately 45 degrees above the horizon. But every time I looked in that spot, there was nothing there. Finally, I caught another glimpse, and decided to drop the kite to the ground and focus on that spot in the sky. Eventually it became clear that there were three spots of light, no brighter than any night time star. The lowest light was about 45 degrees, with a second light about another 10 degrees directly above the lower. A third, and somewhat smaller light, was slightly higher and to the right of the middle one. These lights did not seem to have any movement to them. I called to my eight year old daughter to look up in the sky and tell me what she saw, and she described what I was looking at. I asked her to run back to a camping area to fetch a pair of binoculars that were left on a picnic table. As I waited for her to return, the lights became more difficult to observe. It seemed that they were quite far off since they were becoming obscured by some haze blowing off of the ocean. Eventually the higher, smaller light faded out, but the lower two were still visible. I noticed an airliner approaching from west to east, and as it neared the area by the lights, they turned a reddish color and appeared to fade much like the smaller light had done. As the airliner left the area of the lights, they reappeared. Another airliner approached, again from the west, and this time the lights reddened and faded, but did not return. By the time my daughter returned, the lights were gone.