|Occurred : 8/19/2011 21:30 (Entered as : 8/19/11 21:30)
Reported: 8/22/2011 3:18:20 PM 15:18
Location: Hillsboro, OR
|Observed what appeared to be a fast satellite stop move in controlled impossible maneuvers then assume original trajectory
My sister and I were looking at stars in a clear dark sky 30-40 minutes after an airshow at Hillsboro Oregon Airport. Someone noticed what appeared to be a fast moving satellite traveling almost straight overhead from south west to north east. I was explaining how objects remain in orbit when the object appeared to stop then move in obviously controlled maneuvers.
We continued to watch for what seemed like one or two minutes as the object made seemingly impossible changes in direction. It made 90 degree corners, tight "S" turns, circles and at one point seemed to brighten in color just for a second like a spark from an arc welder. The object then returned to its original trajectory until it was out of sight.
I am an amature astronomer, a pilot and I have seen many satellites and aircraft. What we saw was very clear, too high to have been an airplane and appeared to do things that if manned would not have been survivable.