|Occurred : 8/9/2008 23:55 (Entered as : 08/09/08 23:55)
Reported: 12/11/2009 1:48:47 PM 13:48
Location: Orrock, MN
|Object leaves sky in a flash, returns in a flash and is followed by another object
On the night of August 9, 2008, we went out for drive at 11pm in our convertible since it was so nice. We drove around Big Lake, Elk River, and the Princeton areas and ended up coming back home through Orrock through the wildlife refuge on County 9 hooking up with Cty 5 to Big Lake. When we turned south on Cty 5 a bright light caught my attention to the W moving very fast to the SE at about 40º up from the horizon.
The thing peaked my interest in what I thought was a low flying jet was that there were no blinking lights on the outside of the wings or tail. There were also no steady lights on the wings, tail or body of the object, just one VERY bright light. This was also was moving at what I would estimate to be 2x the speed of a normal jet. As it reached true south of our vehicle it seemed to take a slight arching movement towards the ENE. Just as this started, I noticed the light growing dimmer. What was happening was that it was moving higher in the sky. In about 3 seconds it went from 3-4x as bright as a jet to finally vanishing. Right before it finally vanished there was a bright flash and it was gone.
I kept watching the sky for a few more minutes when there was another flash and the object came back. At this point it was only the brightness of a normal satellite. When the object flew through a grouping of stars I had been watching for reference that were shaped in a triangle, one of the “stars” broke from this constant formation and started following it.
During this time I had been trying to get my wife to pull over so we could watch it and possibly turn around and follow it. She had pretty much freaked out and had kept her eyes on the road the whole time and expressed she did not want to see it and was not going to be following it.
I have had 2 other sightings before this and have not reported them. I heard Mr. Davenport on Binnall of America today and finally decided that this is the one I remember the most and made the most impact on me.