|Occurred : 11/17/2012 23:30 (Entered as : 11/17/12 23:30)
Reported: 11/30/2012 5:52:50 PM 17:52
Location: Columbus, OH
|Watching large object separate then merge again.
On Saturday, November 17th, we had just dropped our son off to his third shift job at a mall when my wife remembered she left some things at her work, which is just across the street from where our son works nights. We drove into the parking lot and I waited while she ran inside. Looking straight east I noticed the planet Jupiter bright in the eastern sky. It was a clear night and cool. Just a little to the Northeast of Jupiter I noticed a small flashing light that just looked funny. So I grabbed a pair of my binoculars that I keep in my van to get a better look. Through the binocs I saw a huge white light with a red blue light on surrounding the bottom. I thought it might be a prism effect of the binoculars when my wife came out of the building and asked what I was looking at. I pointed the light out. She was looking with her naked eye and I through the binocs when suddenly the object split in half. My wife commented, "did you just see the light split! "? She saw with her naked eye. The object moved quickly apart, with the brighter part moving away from the red blue lighted half. We watched for a few more minutes and then headed home keeping the separated object in view. When we got home we quickly looked east again with binoculars just in time to see the object merge back together. Amazing sight to be sure.
I would guess the object was huge and at a great distance because of lack of detail.
As a closing thought, later that morning when I picked up my son from work at 6 AM Sunday morning, the object was gone and have not seen it in the sky since.