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National UFO Reporting Center Sighting Report
Occurred : 11/21/2003 22:05 (Entered as : 11/21/2003 22:05)
Reported: 11/26/2003 11:55:21 PM 23:55
Posted: 12/9/2003
Location: Lewiston, ID
Shape: Light
Duration: 20 minutes
Characteristics: There were lights on the object
Bright, steady white light with blue and red flashes

Last Friday evening, November 21, 03, just after 10:00 p.m., my husband called to me from a room at the back of the house, "You've got to come and see this." He was looking out the window at a strange-looking light about 40 degrees up in the southeastern sky. The weather was clear and cold.

The light was white and steady, the size of a very large star, several times the size of Mars during its close approach to Earth in late summer, and slightly to the west of where that planet had been visible in the night sky. In addition to the white light, it was giving off rapidly alternating flashes of blue and red. We went outdoors and watched for a few minutes, then I phoned the police to ask if anyone else had reported it. No one had. The dispatcher said she'd send an officer to the vicinity to check, and phone me back if he saw anything unusual. I went back to the window, and the light was slightly smaller, as if it had moved away from us on a direct line. I then had to deal with a sick cat, and when I looked again, half an hour later, the light was gone. We've had some degree of cloud cover every night since, but last night we were able to determine that there are currently no bright stars in the area of the sky where we saw this light.

My husband did see a police car drive by that night, but our phone line was in use on the internet afterwards, and we didn't hear anything from the dispatcher. I haven't phoned back. This is a small city, and it's slightly embarrassing even to enquire with the police about such a thing.