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National UFO Reporting Center Sighting Report
Occurred : 7/13/2008 23:30 (Entered as : 07/13/08 23:30)
Reported: 7/14/2008 9:37:45 PM 21:37
Posted: 8/12/2008
Location: Tacoma, WA
Shape: Light
Duration: 6 minutes
We were outside at around 11:20 - 11:30 pm and I happen to look up and see a light in the sky that as you look you could tell that it was really high up. It was heading in a straight direction when all of the sudden a bright flash of light appeared from where it light was moving in the sky. All of the sudden it took off in another direction and as you watch it it became dimmer and dimmer as if it was flying higher until you could not see any longer. My wife witnessed it as well and suprised by it as well. I checked all of the online schedules for many of the different space agencies and did not see anything that was scheduled for taking off that night. I also did the research to see if it was an iridium satellite flare as you suggested peter. It definitely did not look like that at all. This was definitely different than anything I have seen happen in the night sky. I see objects in the sky that appear to be most likely satellites and the space station that move in a constant speed in the sky on the same path. Never have seen something like this going one direction then moving in another after the flash. Very strange. My wife was speaking with her boss and she and her husband just so happen to see the same thing. I have never reported anything before and this is my first time. I definitely will continue looking up!