|Occurred : 11/4/2004 01:15 (Entered as : 11/04/2004 1:15)
Reported: 11/4/2004 2:31:47 AM 02:31
Location: Seattle, WA
|Very unusual "star" to the SE Seattle sky
I live about 2 blocks north of the Seattle Center/Space Needle. I was up late watching TV and noticed an unusually bright "star" to the SE, about 30 degrees. What struck me as odd was that it appeared much closer and brighter than any of the other stars. The object had a very bright white light and appeared to alternate smaller lights of flashing red and pale blue. I got out my 35mm gear, mounted a 300mm lens, and heavy duty tripod to aid my viewing. Using the focusing screen's center fresnel as a reference point, the object moved very slowly through the field of view; the camera was completely rock steady. Over the course of the next two hours the object continued to exhibit the same light patterns. I did not have a sufficiently "fast" film available and did not attempt any photography.
((NUFORC Note: Venus, we suspect. PD))