|Occurred : 7/1/2004 22:00 (Entered as : 07/2004 22:00)
Reported: 1/17/2009 9:45:51 PM 21:45
Location: Galapagos Archipelago (Ecuador),
|Irregularly, rapidly moving star above the Galapagos
I was on a Galapagos birding tour, and on the deck of our expedition cruiser one evening with another tourist (almost all visitors are required to vacate the archipelago shores by nightfall). Now as the two of us were stargazing, I happened to notice a particularly bright star, which was not quite static. In fact, it made a motion, as if it were moving in circles. The motion was relative to the other stars, not the vessel. It then moved to the left, eventually obscured by a cloud.
Now I’m not a pilot, engineer, or doctor, but it’s my best guess that "star" had to be rather far away to be behind a cloud and only a gleam with no form. If it were that far away, and moving at the rate my eyes saw, I have doubts as to whether life support systems for pilots of which I am aware could sustain a body in those maneuvers.
((NUFORC Note: Source of report indicates that the date of the incident is approximate. PD))