|Occurred : 9/8/2015 23:30 (Entered as : 090815 23:30)
Reported: 9/9/2015 9:39:47 PM 21:39
Location: Pasco, WA
|I was night fishing for fall Chinooks at a place called Ringgold. It's a popular public fishing area, directly across the Columbia River from the Hanford nuclear reactor.
I'm facing the river, looking west you can see the glow of the Hanford site operation lights. Above these lights, which I've seen many times before, I notice a flashing red and white light. It was probably on the western side of the reactor complex, it wasn't directly over it.
I carry binoculars, so I got them out and had a look. Upon getting a better view, I can see that there are two red lights on the up side, I can't say witch was up and two white lights on the down or bottom side. At this point the lights were flashing much like an aircraft would but was stationery in the sky.
After a minute or so, it started moving from the west, heading north northeast. When the thing got over the Columbia River, it stopped and went backwards the way it had come from, and again immediatly stopped turned back the way it was originally headed.
It the went up or north for a second two, then flew slowly over the white bluffs you can see their outlines in the dark. When it got right to the edge where I would lose sight of it, it stopped. Sat there for about thirty seconds, and then disappeared out of view.
About five minutes went by, and then I could see it again heading from the north, now traveling west southwest. It stopped again for a few seconds and then must have flown directly west.
What really was interesting was a few minutes later the Auroras Borealis or northern lights gave an impressive light show for me. I had seen them only once before when I lived in Norway.