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National UFO Reporting Center Sighting Report
Occurred : 11/18/2021 23:30 (Entered as : 11/18/2021 11:30 PM)
Reported: 12/27/2021 3:06:24 AM 03:06
Posted: 3/4/2022
Location: Albuquerque, NM
Shape: Light
Duration: 15 seconds
It looked like a very large, slow satellite, and then it disappeared.

I was standing in my driveway, facing north and looking up at Cassiopeia, which was not quite directly above me. I noticed a light that appeared to be moving upward, very slowly. (There was no sound, but it was also at a distance at which I would not expect to hear anything.) I live close enough to the airport and Kirtland Air Force Base that I am familiar with both common commercial and military aircraft, flight patterns, and speeds. I also spend many hours a week looking at the sky, the stars, and constellations, and frequently see satellites passing overhead. This was large, and brighter than a commercial jet normally appears at the distance as I perceived it, and it went much straighter up than jets I normally see. It moved more like a satellite, but it was slower, larger, and brighter than any satellite I have ever observed, plus, when I opened the Stellarium app on my phone, it did not indicate any object passing overhead at that time. As I watched it and realized that it was not anything I am familiar with, it passed between the Alpha and Beta stars in Cassiopeia, and the light went out. It didn't fade or shoot off in any direction, it just stopped being visible, like a switch was flipped. At the time, I didn't think it was worth reporting (though I recorded it in my journal for the day), but for some reason, I have been thinking about it frequently, and decided to make a record of it.