|Occurred : 2/26/2009 21:15 (Entered as : 02/26/09 21:15)
Reported: 2/27/2009 2:08:58 PM 14:08
Location: Santa Rita, MT
|Oval shaped object over Rocky Mountains
My wife and I were sitting at the kitchen counter at 2115 looking west when I noticed a very bright "star" where there shouldn't have been any.
At first I thought it might have been Venus, so I went downstairs to check a computer program I have that shows the night sky in real time. Venus had already set behind the mountains.
When we first saw it, it was about 15 degrees above the horizon. It was moving slowly in a northerly direction and began descending toward Chief Mountain northeast of us where finally disappeared below the horizon at about 2135.
When we looked at it through binoculars, we could see it was oval in shape with a yellow top and a red, non pulsating light on the bottom quarter of it. It got dimmer as it descended but brightened sometimes.
My wife observed it looked blue as it descended. It was clear and cold (-8 degrees).
Whatever it was, it was impressive.
((NUFORC Note: We believe that Venus should have been visible in the western sky at the time indicated. , but we may be mistaken. PD))