|Occurred : 8/17/2007 20:00 (Entered as : 08/17/07 20:00)
Reported: 9/2/2007 7:26:00 AM 07:26
Location: Sweetwater, NJ
Duration:<> 15 minutes
|Two people spotted two dots of light moving erratically in different parts of the sky over New Jersey.
On August 17, 2007, I and another person witnessed something we cannot explain. We were in Sweetwater (Hammonton), NJ. The time was about 10:00 PM. The sky was mostly clear.
Being a city dweller, I am intrigued by all the stars that can be seen when in a rural area. I was on a boat dock, looking approximately NE, at about 70-80 degrees from the horizon. There was a fairly bright star that was sort of yellow in color. Slightly below and to the left was a dimmer “star.” The “star” moved in an erratic manner over a very small area. Sometimes it would stand still. Sometimes it would zig-zag and even reverse direction. Brightness of the light changed as it moved. All of the stars around it were stationary. I pointed it out to someone who was with me and they confirmed my sighting. We watched it for about 5 minutes.
I looked around a bit and spotted a second moving light while looking in a south-easterly direction, a little to the right of the glow from Atlantic City, and about 60-70 degrees from the horizon. This moving “star” was also confirmed by the person with me.
I went into the house and brought two other people outside. They were unable to spot the lights. We continued to watch the lights for several minutes. Total time of the sighting was about 15 minutes.
After going home, I contacted an amateur astronomer. He knew of no natural phenomenon that could cause what we saw. Another person I discussed this with suggested search lights or a laser pointer he saw used in Australia to point out the constellations. Both search lights and the laser pointers create a visible beam pointing to the sky. The lights we saw had no "beams" leading to or from them. Also, search lights cause a wide beam and a spot if they hit a cloud. Air craft cannot move in this manner. Any idea what we witnessed?