|Occurred : 5/7/2007 21:30 (Entered as : 05/07/07 21:30)
Reported: 5/7/2007 8:28:11 PM 20:28
Location: Lexington, KY
Duration:Still out there at 23:00.
|Distant white luminous object with red and blue flashing lights; stationary for one hour, afterwards moving very slowly.
At about 9:30 PM today, my mother, brother, and myself went outside to admire Venus, which is quite brilliant tonight. We then saw something far more remarkable toward the south, about midway up in the sky from the horizon. It was much smaller and not at all as bright, but it was distinctly flashing. At first, we took it to be a plane, but we quickly realized that it was completely stationary. What on Earth could do that? We looked at it through binoculars, and still could not figure it out. The lights were flashing very rapidly, with a blue one on one side and a red one on the other that alternated. Both were backed by a white light that did not seem to flash. Since it was so far away, we could not make out any real shape to it, though it seemed to me to be a bit narrow, like a grain of rice.
I attempted to photograph it, but my camera is not good enough to pick up stars at all, let alone odd flashing things. At 10:20 PM, it was still out there in the exact same place. At 11:00, we checked again, and saw that it had moved far above and west of its previous position. Its lights were now flashing on a diagonal instead of being horizontally oriented toward the ground. The surrounding stars had not moved as much. It was hard to tell, but it seemed to be moving very gradually continuing in the same direction in which it had moved before. It is probably still out there.
It is highly uncharacteristic for any of us to go staring at the sky here (light pollution makes stargazing unfeasible), and we only did so because Venus was so irresistably bright. My brother in particular is a very pragmatic person and normally scoffs at anything fantastical, yet he stood out there watching this object longest of all. This is absolutely the first time any of us has ever seen anything inexplicable in the night sky, and we are not particularly interested in UFOs. I have never even heard the others mention them. However, we are now very interested in this one! Even if it turns out to be nothing, we hope to somehow find out more.