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Sighting Reports 2007

Couple Observe Rotating Bright Light in Western Sky

Date of Sighting: June 5, 2007
Time of Sighting: 10 PM EDT
Date Sighting Reported: June 7, 2007
Duration of Sighting: 30 Minutes
Location of Sighting: Lowhill Township, Pennsylvania (Eastern Part of State Near Allentown)
Latitude: 40.65 Degrees North
Longitude: 75.69 Degrees West
Number of Witnesses: Two
Number of Witnesses Interviewed: One
Weather: Clear Skies. Visibility 10 Miles
Astronomical Data: Venus Was Bright and Visible in the WNW at the Time of the Sighting. Venus Would Have Set at 11:44 PM.

Description (In Witness's Own Words): My wife and I witnessed extremely bright light in WNW sky, aproximately 45 degrees between directly overhead and western horizen. The object had a very bright, twinkling glow and showed little if no movement in any direction. It gave impression of the "Christmas Star" with twinkling rays sparkling outward. Slight hints of red and green were visible occasionally. With 10X50 binoculars, an outline of one row of lights (estimate 8 or 10 lights) could be seen. Also, with binocular observation, the object appeared to be rotating as the row of lights turned out of sight and reappeared. We observed the object for approximately 30 minutes, during which time it seemed to hover in place although the rotation of the earth was moving the line of vision out of sight due to trees. the night was cloudless. Stars and aircraft also were clearly visible. Due to extreme brillance it was difficult to estimate distance above the Earth, although a guessimate was made of about the distance of a cruising commercial jet.

Investigator's Notes: The witness has provided a good report. I believe that the witnesses observed the planet Venus. However, there is some doubt in that explanation because the witness said that a row of lights were visible through binoculars. An optical illusion occurs when one stares at an object for extended period of time and can result in an appearance of an object abruptly moving when in fact it is stationary. This phenomenon is called photokinesis. Perhaps viewing through binoculars exacerbated this illusion.

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