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National UFO Reporting Center Sighting Report
Occurred : 9/6/2002 00:00 (Entered as : 09/06/2002 0:00)
Reported: 4/5/2005 11:45:46 AM 11:45
Posted: 5/11/2005
Location: Mbour (Senegal),
Shape: Light
Duration: 1 minute
In Mbour, Senegal, ( 14deg.,25 min. N , 17 deg. W ) looking at the sky out over the Atlantic Ocean ( i.e. on the W coast of Africa looking W). I observed what I "knew" to be a satellite which of course appears as a point of light, moving slowly and steadily from N to S almost overhead ( maybe 10-20 degrees from the vertical, to the W).

After about 30 seconds of this, it suddenly STOPPED for about 1 second, moved quickly and erratically in a small area near where it had stopped, and then took off at a much higher rate of speed to the SW.

Note - seeing conditions were clear with very little cloud cover nor light pollution. As for the observer, I am a casual amateur astronomer who has spent many hours observing through a telescope, binoculars, and w/ the naked eye. I'm familiar with astronomical and atmospheric phenomena, NONE of which can explain this sighting.

Oh, and one more thing - until it happened, I didn't believe in UFO's.

((NUFORC Note: Witness indicates that the date of the incident is approximate. PD))