|Occurred : 9/29/2005 20:40 (Entered as : 09/29/1905 20:40)
Reported: 9/29/2005 8:25:18 PM 20:25
Location: Franklin, TN
|Fast moving noiseless object with three solid red lights shining at approximately -2.5 magitude.
At approximately 9:40pm I step outside to check conditions when I noticed appoaching from the west-southwest was three solid red lights in a very tight "V" configuration.
From the time I first notice the object, appoximately 40 degrees above the west-southwest horizon until I lost sight of the object when it was approximately 30 degrees above the east-norteast horizon 45 seconds had elapsed.
The lights were a bright red and no sound that I could associate with the object was heard.
The configuration of the lights were very much like those of an aircraft except the lights were a steady red in color and no sound was heard that I could associate with the object. Lights intensity did not vary as the object transversed the sky.
Seeing condition were clear and bright. Object moved in straight line.
Objects rate of motion and lack of sound give the impression of a satellite passing, but the red lights were approximately -2.5 magitude.
I'm a amateur astronomer for over 40 years. Very familiar with the night sky.
As a side note, we've had some unusal helicopter active tonight. Low flying, under 1000 ft., heavy lift type helicopter about an hour before the observation of the red lights.