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Occurred : 9/24/2007 22:30 (Entered as : 09/24/07 22:30)
Reported: 9/26/2007 8:53:38 AM 08:53
Posted: 10/8/2007
Location: Salem, OR
Shape: Light
Duration:15 seconds
No aircraft could have hovered so high, nor ascended vertically so quickly.

On Monday, September 24th at about 10:30 PM, I was standing on my back porch looking at the stars. I saw a very bright star, high in the Southwest. Then, I realized that it was moving. I see many airplanes in the night sky, but this had no running lights. It was just pure white light. Suddenly, it just stopped in place and quit moving. Then, it got dimmer and dimmer while continuing to remain stationary. It seemed to be ascending at a very rapid rate up into the stratosphere. This whole incident occurred in about fifteen seconds. I doubt that any conventional aircraft could have hovered so high in the atmosphere, nor ascended vertically so quickly out of view.