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Sighting Reports 2007

Woman Sees Blinking Light Move in Circles & Then Disappear

Drawing of Circular Moving Light by Witness
Drawing of Motion of Light by Witness

Date of Sighting: May 16, 2007
Time of Sighting: 8:15 PM CDT
Duration of Sighting: 10 to 15 Minutes
Date Sighting Reported: May 17, 2007
Location: About 15 Miles East of Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas Airport
Latitude: 32.9 Degrees North
Longitude: 96.76 Degrees West
Number of Witnesses: One
Weather: Clear Skies. (Few Clouds at 30,000 Feet.) Visbility 10 Miles.
Astronomical: Sunset Was at 8:20 PM CDT. Both Mercury and Venus Were in the Western Sky at the Time of Sighting. Venus Was Very Bright.

Description (In Witness's Own Words): I live in Texas, about 15 miles east of DFW (Dallas-Ft. Worth) Airport. Last night was a clear beautiful night. I am a teacher, I love to talk about stars and planets. I was standing in my front yard (which faces the West). I was looking at the Radio Antenna that sits between my home and DFW. Watching the antenna I noticed a lot of small aircraft (Airplanes...maybe helicopters also) past DFW flying in one general area. Looking above these airplanes (helicopters?) I saw a Star (or what I thought was a star). It was very interesting from the distance I was. It seemed to blink more than the other stars. It also seemed to change colors, from white to yellowish green to bluish purple. Well, I went and got my binoculars. I could see through my binoculars, the colors of that star, changing as well as the blinking (faster than the other stars). I stood there and watched this star for about 10 to 15 minutes. In the course of that 10 to 15 minutes, this "star" made a large half circle then seemed to move West. Moving west because it was getting smaller and fainter. I watch in my binoculars until it disappeared. Also l did not see airplanes and helicopters after the "star" was out of sight. None of the other stars in the sky, moved anywhere close to that fast! Strange. (Maybe my first UFO!)

Investigator's Notes: The witness provided a good drawing and a detailed explanation of her observations. It is my opinion that the witness observed the planet Venus. Venus was visible and very bright in the western sky right in the position where the witness saw the light. The blinking and apparent movement can be an optical illusion created when one stares at an object for a given period of time. (The phenomenon is termed "photokinesis.") The changing in color can be created by the scattering of light by atmospheric particles (pollutants). Venus would have been very bright when viewed through binoculars. The apparent disappearance of Venus could have been due to the fact that Venus moved behind an obstruction not apparent to the witness. Also sunset had not quite occurred. However, it is likely that the witness could have had an "obstructed" view of the sun given that sunset was only 5 minutes after the beginning of the sighting. The sun would have likely been hidden by buildings or terrain.

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