|Occurred : 9/22/2007 17:30 (Entered as : 09/22/07 17:30)
Reported: 9/23/2007 10:42:20 AM 10:42
Location: La Mesilla, NM
Duration:approx 90 minutes
|Saw a light above & to right of moon that moved steadily at a very low rate of speed to above & left of moon.
I was sitting outside on 09/22/07 and looked up at the moon and noticed a very bright object slightly above and to the right of the moon. It was early enough in the day, somewhere between 1700 and 1800 hours that I didn’t think it was a star. There were no other stars visible at the time. I thought at first that it might be a planet, aircraft, or a weather balloon. The wind was blowing on the ground, perhaps at 10 to 20 miles per hour but I did not see the object moving in the direction of the wind. At first glance it appeared to be stationary with the moon as the reference point. Over the course of 20 to 30 minutes (estimate) the object appeared to move from above and to the right of the moon to above and to the left of the moon. The moon and object were in the southwest sky over La Mesilla NM 87532. In the pictures and video I took, the branch that sticks out furthest from the cottonwood tree in the right of the picture is approx 6.5 meters from the ground. The picture was taken from approx 19.1 meters NE of the spot directly under that branch. In other words, the camera was pointed slightly up and to the SW. The pictures were taken with a hand-held Kodak EasyShare 433c digital camera. The object never made any sound, and never changed color, shape, or brightness.
((NUFORC Note: Jupiter? PD))