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Occurred : 8/1/2004 02:00 (Entered as : 08/01/2004 02:00)
Reported: 9/29/2004 8:53:52 PM 20:53
Posted: 10/27/2004
Location: Richmond, VA
Shape: Light
Duration:30-60 seconds
Moving Stars?

Hello, I was sitting in my hot tub late at night on a clear evening there wasn't much moonlight if any at all.

I was facing east while resting my head back on the side of the hot tub. I was staring up at the starts as I do frequently. I noticed out of the corner of my right eye, something moving south to north from behind a tree. It looked just like medium bright star but moved steadily across the sky. It was not a passenger jet, it was way too high and had no blinking lights at all and was moving faster than planes at that altitude move. I see heavy air traffic on a regular basis and this didn't look like any of it.

It reminded me of a waterbug gliding on water. I followed it across the sky, I'd say it covered a distance equaling if I held my arms out above my head as far apart as I could.

I thought maybe it was the ISS or something however a few weeks later I saw something even more strange.

I was again in my hot tub watching the stars only I was facing north and the objects were moving from east to west. This time they looked the same, like medium bright stars but there were three of them. One obviously running and two that were pursuing the leader. The lead light was not moving in a straight steady line it was maneuvering and the pursuers were reacting. The lead pursuer was probably half the distance between the first and last object. They formed a triangular formation. These objects also reminded me of water bugs. I wondered if the objects may have been fighter jets since there are plethora of military installations within 100 miles of my home. These craft had no blinking lights either, and they had to be at an extremely high altitude, it seems unlikely that I would be able to see jet afterburners that brightly. I mean these things looked just like starts they were good size, bigger than passenger jets look at night so the fighter jet thing just doesn't make sense to me.

Anyway, I keep watching.

((NUFORC Note: Possible satellites, we suspect. PD))