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National UFO Reporting Center Sighting Report
Occurred : 4/24/2022 20:20 (Entered as : 04/24/2022 8:20 PM)
Reported: 4/25/2022 10:33:03 AM 10:33
Posted: 5/31/2022
Location: Mooresville, Charlotte, NC
Shape: Circle
Duration: 8.20 - 8.45+ PM
Characteristics: There were lights on the object, There was an aura or haze around the object
Spotted while waiting to photograph Starlink Satellites

I have a Ph.D. and am an amateur photographer. I set up my Tamron ultra-telephoto zoom lens (SP 150-600 mm f5-6.3 DiVC) on a tripod to shoot the Starlink satellite pass over Lake Norman last night. I focused on the area where according to my Stellarium App the satellites would be visible from 8.20 PM onwards. I saw a yellow "star" that to the naked eye I assumed was probably Venus, but on closer examination through my lens it appeared to be a large circle surrounded by
a ring of bright white lights. Thinking this may be part of the satellite system I started shooting. When I developed the shots, most were blurry because the object was moving faster or more erratically than expected. I enhanced the clearest shot, which looks to be a bit too symmetrical for a planet or star. My neighbors were also watching from their docks and saw only the "star" but suggested sending the clear shot to you for further analysis.