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Occurred : 8/15/2005 21:30 (Entered as : 082005 21:30)
Reported: 10/29/2007 10:07:10 AM 10:07
Posted: 11/28/2007
Location: Marysville, WA
Shape: Other
Duration:several minutes
"Satellite" does zigzag and conecntric circle course changes, then disappears at high speed.

There was a small family get together at my house. My brother in law stepped onto the back deck to smoke a cigarette. I went with him, just to talk. While we were there, I noticed a satellite passing above, and asked him if he had ever seen a satellite. He said no. So, I pointed in the direction straight above us and we watched as the satellite moved from north to south and was soon out of sight.

He was impressed that he had finally seen a satellite. I told him there are a lot of them in this area and that another one should be visible within a few minutes. Sure enough, there came another satellite heading from north to south. It was not as bright as the first satellite, but we had no trouble seeing it.

I handed my automatic adjusting binoculars to my brother in law, while I observed with my regular eyesight. As we watched it approach slightly south of overhead, it stopped! Both of us lost track of it within the background of stars. However, we stayed focused on the general area. Within about a minute, it moved again, very slowly.

We watched as it gained speed to about the normal speed of a satellite. Then, it stopped abruptly and went into a zigzag direction, east and west. It repeated this several times, and then went into an expanding circular pattern and repeated that several times. It returned to the zigzag pattern several more times before it resumed a straight line southern direction, picked up speed to something extremely fast, (much faster than the speed of a normal satellite), and disappeared out of view to the south.

I have never heard of a satellite that can stop or change direction, and mentioned that to my brother in law. Whatever it was, the "star-like object" was flying high enough to reflect the sun’s light like a normal satellite. We both knew what we had seen, and, both of us had not consumed any alcohol.


((NUFORC Note: Witness indicates that the date of the incident is approximate. PD))