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Occurred : 11/9/2008 19:55 (Entered as : 11/09/2008 19:55)
Reported: 11/9/2008 5:48:31 PM 17:48
Posted: 1/10/2009
Location: Columbia, SC
Shape: Triangle
Duration:40 seconds
I've built model aricraft for years, yet never saw anything like this....

My wife and I went onto the patio to smoke. We were seated facing due East towards Ft. Jackson. Normally there is frequent air traffic overhead as there is an airport 5 miles South West of us.

I saw what I first supposed to be running lights of an approaching aircraft, except they were not as bright as usual...Very dim by comparison.

As the object got closer, I noticed it was traveling quite fast; faster than an approaching aircraft usually goes, a vaguely bulbous triangular outline was visible from the ground light.

I called my wife’s attention to it, and she remarked that it was odd and resembled a parachute.

My best guess is that the object was at an altitude of roughly 1500 ft. away from us at about 60 degrees above the horizon... neither my wife nor I heard a sound from the object.