|Occurred : 2/26/2013 12:30 (Entered as : 02/26/13 12:30)
Reported: 2/27/2013 6:48:00 PM 18:48
Location: Augusta, GA
|Bright white star like light and smaller red light alternated fading and blinking out and on under ceiling of solid cloud cover
The sky was solid overcast 2/ 26/13 at 12:30 a.m. a bright white star-like light seen west of Augusta, GA. No other stars, the moon, or objects in the sky were visible at this time.
It was seen for 20 minutes. At first it was a single white light that was unmoving. I thought it was an airplane but the light was in the same place for 10 minutes. In the past plane lights would move into the landing pattern at either Bush Field or Daniel Field.
At that time a smaller red light was observed slightly south of the bright white light. The red light faded and blinked out then came on again. Just after that the larger white light faded and blinked out for 2 seconds and came on again. The red light and white light repeated this two more times. Then the red light blinked out and did not come back on. The larger white light moved sharply up, down, left and right as if it were hopping or dancing. Then stopped in prior position and was steady for another 2 minutes.
It faded off, came back on brighter than before, blinked out and then on two more times then faded out and was gone.
The observer has experience watching airplane traffic for 48 years. The observer has been interested and an avid watcher of commercial and private aircraft, hot air balloons, meteorites and, meteor showers. The observer is very familiar with the airport approach patterns in the Augusta, GA, area (Bush Field and Daniel Field).