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Occurred : 8/22/2004 21:00 (Entered as : 08/22/2004 21:00)
Reported: 8/23/2004 2:28:50 PM 14:28
Posted: 8/24/2004
Location: Bethel Park, PA
Shape: Light
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))