|Occurred : 8/10/1996 22:45 (Entered as : 08/10/96 22:45)
Reported: 10/26/2011 5:49:52 PM 17:49
Location: Seattle, WA
|Orange triangular object, very distant, very slow, binocular brightness.
I was scanning the south sky in constellation Sagittarius with 10x binoculars; Jupiter was in the area and I could see three of its moons as well. The planet was directly north of globular cluster M22 with about 1.5 degree separation. I spotted something that should not have been there, a small red-orange light traveling leisurely westward halfway between Jupiter and the cluster.
Upon closer examination, I discerned that it was triangular shaped, about fourth magnitude, and flickering slightly. I watched it for about ten minutes, and in that time it proceeded west into Scorpius and brightened by about one magnitude. It was about 20 degrees above the horizon, and moved very slowly. I got the impression that it was at a great height.
After ten minutes, my arms became fatigued from holding the heavy pair of binoculars. I put them down for a few seconds. When I resumed looking, I could not relocate the object.