|Occurred : 7/4/2017 21:45 (Entered as : 070417 21:45)
Reported: 7/18/2017 9:13:48 PM 21:13
Location: Spokane Valley, WA
|Star like objects in near space visible from Spokane Valley.
I observed two closely spaced (in time and space) sightings on July 4th. First object crossed sky, a point source, star like, about the brightness of Saturn, following an arc from about Arcturus in Bootes across the face of the moon (or behind?) and disappeared near the planet Saturn. Assuming the object fell into Earth’s shadow, it was slightly higher than LEO. From the fact this object was noiseless, covered the distance in about 12 seconds and using the ISS for reference it was travelling about 80 miles/second, or about 5 times orbital escape velocity in LEO.
The next series of star like objects occurred about 10:05 (p.m.?), when I noticed a bright object, about 5 moon widths to the west of Zubeneschamali in Libra, after noticing this first object, about the brightness of Saturn. Within a second or two, two dimmer objects, the first about ½ degree north of Zubeneschamali, the second directly north about 3 moon widths. The effect was to create an isosceles triangle, with the base composed of two dimmer stars and the brighter star at the apex forming a triangle pointing to the west. The three objects slowly moved to the north, but disappeared before moving a Moon’s width (1/2 degree) and within 2-3 seconds of the 10:05 sighting of the apex star like object.
I have verified there were NO satellites of sufficient magnitude to have been mistaken for the objects. Neither were the objects asteroids or meteors, there was no ionization trail, and there are no visible Earth-crossing asteroids at this time.
((NUFORC Note: Witness elects to remain totally anonymous; provides no contact information. PD))