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National UFO Reporting Center Sighting Report
Occurred : 11/27/2004 18:00 (Entered as : 11/27/2004 18:00)
Reported: 11/28/2004 12:01:57 PM 12:01
Posted: 12/3/2004
Location: Salem, OR
Shape: Light
Duration: 5 minutes
A moving light observed

A single bright light was observed slowly traveling from the Northwest toward the Southeast directly over Salem, OR. But as it passed over, it seemed to change direction slightly toward the East-Southeast before dimming out as it reached 30-40 degrees above the horizon. Definitely not an aircraft. Possibly a satellite. But when it dimmed to barely visible it stayed that way for several seconds before going out completely; not like an object with the sun being reflected off of it, which should have dimmed out completely right away.


Probably satellite sighting

This is in reference to the above previously reported sighting. Based on a "Starry Night" computer simulation of satellite orbits, a crossing of the International Space Station occurred from 18:25 to 18:31 on the night in question. This very closely coincides with the witness' observation from Salem, Oregon.

I am suggesting that this sighting is a _probable_ observation of the International Space Station. The report says the incident occurred at 18:00, but no data submitted as to how the exact time was confirmed.


((NUFORC Note: We express our gratitude to Mr. Tom Bowden, OREGON/MUFON State Director, for setting us straight on this sighting report. We had missed it on the first proof-reading of newly received reports. PD))