|Occurred : 8/22/2004 21:00 (Entered as : 08/22/2004 21:00)
Reported: 8/23/2004 2:28:50 PM 14:28
Location: Bethel Park, PA
Duration:about 5 seconds
|bright light moving slowly that dimmed out and disappeared
On Sunday night, my husband and I were lying in the backyard on a comforter watching the stars. It was well after dark.
I happened to turn my head and saw a bright star-like object approaching very slowly from the east, northeast. I said, "Look at that." It was continuing on its straight course, with no blinking lights and no sound.
About a second or so later it began to grow dimmer and dimmer and then just disappeared. I would compare it to someone trimming a kerosene lamp and then extinguishing it.
It was a clear night, no clouds, so it couldn't have flown into a cloud bank. We searched the skies with our eyes and binoculars but it had vanished.
It was going too slow to be a meteor and left no trail. It was as bright as Venus, but slowly moving, and did not alter course at all.
((NUFORC Note: If the estimate of direction is accurate, the object probably was not a satellite, since only very few satellites fly to the west. PD))