|Occurred : 5/12/2007 00:00 (Entered as : 05/12/07 00:00)
Reported: 5/13/2007 9:08:09 PM 21:08
Location: Lake Jocassee, NC
Duration:00:05 (~5 min)
|Light size color and brightness of venus appears in sky and moves changing direction and hovering without noise, responded to a flare.
Me and the four other witnesses were camping on lake Jocasse in South Carolina, and decided to go for a cruise around the lake in the boat. After cruising for a few hundred yards we decided that it was to dark to go any farther safely so I came to a stop and killed the engine. We sat there and talked for about ten minutes when one of my friends butted in to the conversations with an emphatic, “Look at that”, and then he pointed. I looked at the object and immediately come to the conclusion that it was the planet Jupiter and stated my opinion then continued my conversation. Then he and the person I was talking to said in unison, “No its moving” so I looked again, thinking I could explain the illusion to them, and then I also saw it move.
The object stayed for 5 or so minutes changing direction and hovering many times but staying in the general area of the constellation scorpio the whole time. One of the others in the boat had been playing with the flare gun earlier and decided it would be a good idea to shoot it at the object, he did so and the object faded away in a period of about 15 seconds and was gone. The object never returned.
The sky was relatively clear, but with occasional thunderstorms having occurred earlier that day. There was no other aircraft around at the time and no noise was associated with it. It was approximately 30 degrees above the horizon. Jupiter was spotted and ruled out. Ball lighting was ruled out. Total of 5 witnesses all sober and all concluded that it was not any sort of known aircraft. I personally am a private pilot with an instrument rating and have over 250 hours flight time. I personally believe it was of terrestrial origin, but otherwise am unsure.