|Occurred : 8/18/2004 20:30 (Entered as : 08/18/2004 20:30)
Reported: 8/19/2004 4:52:55 PM 16:52
Location: Nanaimo (Canada), BC
|Abnormal movement of airborn object. Assumed satellite- but low height, high speed, unusual path of travel
Myself and two others were sitting outdoors on the 18th.
Our friend pointed out what he thought was a sattelite moving across the sky. I did not note the exact time - I beleive it was approximately 10:30pm.
I picked up the object and followed its path. The object was moving in a straight line. No lights were detected or trails behind it.
Numerous things stuck us initally: 1) It was agreed amongst us that it was moving significantly faster than other satellites or shooting stars we have seen.
2)It seemed very low for a satellite. I can not give an estimate of height, but, it appeared that the object was almost close enought that we could pick out details of the object, not just a general shape profile.
3) It seemed of reasonable size - potentially due to the low height?? Larger than other satellites I have seen by approximately 4-5 fold.
At approximately a 25° angle, the speed of the object slowed slightly and it moved in a half-circle profile. I would suggest that the radius of the bend took place over 5-10° of the horizon. On completion of the half-circle profile, the object then resumed a straight line course. It appeared to be on a fairly similar path as to the one it was following prior to the half-circle.
Observers: #1 - 32 year old male. Engineer #2 - 54 year old male. Biologist #3 - 37 year old female. Social worker.