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Occurred : 2/12/2008 05:20 (Entered as : 02/12/08 05:20)
Reported: 2/12/2008 5:09:56 AM 05:09
Posted: 2/14/2008
Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Shape: Unknown
Duration:20 seconds
I saw what appeared to be a star that blew up and faded away in seconds

I was walking in the dark, early in the morning of 12 Feb 2008 in Scottsdale (northeast Phoenix), Arizona. At around 5:20 AM MST (give or take a few minutes) I looked up in the clear sky and saw a very brite “star”. At first I thought it was Venus, but immediately realized it was in the northern sky, and could not be Venus. Besides, it appeared brighter than Venus. I immediately assumed it was an airplane and looked down as I continued walking.

After a few steps, I looked up again. Instead of an airplane, I saw what appeared to be a star where I had seen the “airplane”. Not a bright star, just an average star. I then watched it as it quickly faded away, in a matter of 10 seconds or so, until nothing was there. It did not appear to be moving, just fading away. In complete silence.

I have never seen an airplane look like that. First of all, when an airplane is that bright, it is coming toward you. Second of all, it takes longer to fade out of sight when it is flying away. And you usually see a flashing strobe light or the red and green wing lights. But this just looked like a normal star that was fading away.

Rather than a UFO, I’d say this looked more like a star had just blown up and disappeared. It was located in the northern sky to the left and below Polaris, forming an equilateral triangle with another star below and to the right of Polaris.