|Occurred : 9/19/2013 21:23 (Entered as : 09/19/13 21:23)
Reported: 9/19/2013 10:25:39 PM 22:25
Location: Auburn, WA
|Quavering/shimmering red object near moon in east sky around 9:25 pm.
I am located on a residential airstrip SE of Seattle, Lat/Long coordinates: 47-16.089367N / 122-04.073550W.
At about 9:25pm/1:25 I happened to observe a reddish object about the size of Venus about 10 degrees (azimuth) south of the rising moon at the same elevation. This would put it about 100 deg. true from our location. I estimate elevation to be about 20 or 25 degrees, again approximately level with the rising moon at 9:25pm local.
This object appeared to be moving WNW and I at first thought it might be an aircraft inbound to SeaTac. The reddish color (more red than Mars and far brighter) had a quavering appearance. Not flashing like aircraft strobes and not twinkling like planets or stars as affected by our atmosphere, but a semi-periodic variation from bright to not as bright.
I called the neighbor who joined me and observed the same and we were both struck by how red and unusual it appeared. As we watched, it appeared to start moving to the east (as judged by standing in one place and referencing the eve of a 2 story house), then dimmed and disappeared over a period of 10 seconds or so.
This observation was very different than anything I’ve seen (satellite, Space Station, etc.) It was brighter, redder, larger and had “non-conforming” motion.