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Sighting Reports 2006

Woman Tapes Slow Moving White Object Just After Sunset

Witness's Illustration of Movement of Object On Frame
 Extracted From Video. Object Was Moving Left to Right in Video

View Video of White Object (6.1 MB)

Date of Sighting: March 10, 2006
Time of Sighting:
6:36 PM PST
Date Reported: March 12, 2006
Duration of Sighting: About One Minute
Location of Sighting: Portland, Oregon
Latitude:  45.47 Degrees North
Longitude:  122.57 Degrees West
Number of Witnesses: One
Weather: Partly Cloudy Skies. Few Clouds at 2,500 to 3,000 feet. Another Layer Clouds at About 7,000 Feet. Visibility 10 Miles.
Astronomical: Sunset 6:09 PST

Description (In Witness's Own Words):  Could you review this when you get time? I was not going to report this to you (I know you are quite busy) but I just noticed that a woman saw a bright moving object and wonder if they are the same thing? Her story is found here: Sometimes, I look out my windows and see strange things on rare occasions but they are gone before I can say or do anything about it. I figure, why say anything about it if I don't have the proof, but I often will make a written log about it (per Keith Rowell's suggestion) just incase. On March 10th, 2006 - as usual, I had a "feeling" to look outside my living room windows again. This was while my husband was feeding the twins the dinner I just made for them. I was looking out the window that faces the EAST direction. And within seconds, directly in the north view from this EAST window, and near above my house, I see this very intense bright light going by very strangely. I watched it for about 10-15 seconds, waiting for the thing to blink - to let me know it was a copter or plane.. but the light was steady on and NEVER blinked or flashed! It was very bright and completely SILENT as it passed by (it seemed very similar to the one I video taped in 1992, only this one was intense white and moving a bit faster). It was coming directly from the West heading in the EAST direction (this is NOT the typical path for the air traffic - The PDX International airport is directly North from where I live). I am bad at estimating how high this was. It seemed about 1000 feet high when directly above my house. I ran to get my camcorder and got a small bit video taped. When I ran outside to record this from the front porch of my house I was only wearing white sweat socks on my feet, then end later, I end up walking on wet mushy cold grass! Hence a bit of awkwardness with the video! Anyway, in the first 4 seconds of the beginning of this video, you will see the moon from the night before from the south direction from the back of my house. (I've been trying to practice day and night shots of various things with the VHS Camcorder.) Then you will see what I tried to video tape March 10th, 2006 at * 6:36 pm (I mention the correct time on the video) - the object never flashes or blinks. I can NOT detect sound from this object. I only hear the background car traffic that mostly comes from the I-205 highway near my home. As I fumble with the camcorder to turn on the date and time, I look through the lens, and I start to see it go behind the tree, so I dash off my front porch to get a better view of this object. ALSO notice: Right before this object hides into the clouds it starts to move to the left then changes direction and goes right before disappearing into the clouds. Then at the end of this video, you will also see a copter or plane fly by just a few seconds later after I lost sight of the one object that never blinks or flashes and went into the clouds. This copter or plane CAN be heard, and blinking can also be seen. This was flying from the south direction to the north direction on the west side of my house- heading for the PDX Airport.

Video Analysis by D.M.: The Portland video is interesting. In my opinion, the object does not appear to be the ISS due to the relatively slow speed as well as having some slight hint of directional shift and speed. (This speed and direction change is difficult to measure due to the unstable control of the camera and focus.) I have witnessed the ISS an many occasions; it passes overhead in relatively short order. Some satellites are at greater distances and move at different speeds. The object in question is almost too bright to be a satellite. But under the right conditions a satellite can directly reflect solar rays like a mirror, thus giving a much higher apparent brightness. Another possibility is a distant helicopter with a bright search light was recorded. The video appears genuine, as an object was recorded by an amateur photographer who was excited and attempted to get a good angle and position. Poor focus and camera shake makes it difficult to calculate the object trajectory. This would have helped to eliminate a satellite if this object had changed direction or speed. However, this object could have been just a helicopter. The object is not conclusive but I'm convinced the video is genuine. There's just not enough detail to separate this from helicopters or satellites. 

Investigator's Notes: I first thought that the witness may have taped the International Space Station (ISS).  However, additional scrutiny has almost entirely this explanation.  (See video analysis above.)  I also do not think that the object was a helicopter because there were no blinking lights visible.  At this time we consider the object in this video as unidentified.  More analysis will be conducted.  Any additional information will be posted.