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Occurred : 8/13/2004 21:35 (Entered as : 08/13/1904 21:35)
Reported: 8/13/2004 9:52:40 PM 21:52
Posted: 8/24/2004
Location: Mercer Island, WA
Shape: Other
Duration:1 min
red flashing light moving erratically in the sky and changing speed.

I was watching the sky cause I took my dog out to go do her business and I saw what I thought was a satellite. So, I was watching it move really quickly across, like most satellites do, when it started flashing red. [The reason we see satellites is they are far enough out in the earths orbit, that the sunlight hits them and reflects back to earth] When it started flashing red I followed it even more intensely, when it suddenly slowed down. I had now reasoned that it was not a satellite due to the blinking and slowing down. I figured thus it must be an airplane that’s just at an extremely high altitude. But two things got in the way. A: Why didn’t I see the red flashes of light earlier and B: How could it slow down to almost a complete halt. To top it off, the object took a 90-degree turn and sped up and the red flashing got brighter and more rapid. (It might have been a coincidence with a passing plane I just didn’t see, but at the time it sped up, I heard a faint, low rumble like a rocket). That is all I have to say.