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Sighting Reports 2007

Woman Sees Bright Light With Dark Background. Photos Taken
Photo Taken Around 5:30 AM EDT Photo Taken Around 7 AM EDT
Photo Taken Around 5:30 AM EDT
Photo Taken Around 7 AM EDT

Date of Sighting: September 15, 2007
Time of Sighting: 1st Photo Taken at 5:30 AM EDT; 2nd Photo Taken at 7:00 AM EDT
Date Sighting Reported: January 23, 2008
Duration of Sighting: 90 Minutes
Location of Sighting: Arnold, Pennsylvania (Suburb About 15 MI NE of Pittsburgh)
Latitude: 40.58 Degrees North
Longitude: 79.77 Degrees West
Weather: (At 6:53 AM EDT) Scattered Clouds. Visibility 10 Miles. Winds Were From NW at 7 MPH. (Rain Had Been Falling Earlier in the Morning.)
Astronomical Data: Sunrise 7 AM EDT. Venus Was to East at About 18 Degrees Elevation at 6 AM EDT. Venus Rose at 4:19 AM EDT. Venus Was Bright With a Magnitude of -3.8.

Description: Listen to Audio of Witness Interview (MP3)
The witness called and reported her sighting. She was quite excited by what she saw. She was walking her dog and noticed a bright light in the sky. She snapped about 30 photos between 5:30 AM and 7:00 AM local time. Two photos are shown above. She said that she saw a bright light that flashed. The light appeared to move and had a "dark background." She said that she could see no stars in the background. She stated that she had called local media outlets and some scientific organizations, but none were interested in hearing about her sighting.

Comments: The streaking in one of the photos above could be due to slight camera movement. It is very difficult to hold a camera steady. (The best means to attain camera steadiness is through the use of a tripod.) A HP Photosmart M525 Digital camera was used to take the photos. The camera has a pixel resolution of 0.6 megapixel. Enhancing the contrast and brightness revealed no associated background shape beyond the light. Enlargement did not reveal any additional detail due to low pixel density of the camera.

It is possible that the witness photographed Venus. Venus would have still been visible at 7:00 AM (near sunrise). Venus also would have been much brighter than other stars at 5:30 AM. At 7:00 AM Venus would have been the only celestial object visible (other than the Sun.)