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Sighting Reports 2008

Couple See Object in Night Sky Moving With a Pendulum Motion

Date of Sighting: May 3, 2008
Time of Sighting: 8:45 to 9:02 PM CDT (Sighting Begin Time)
Date Sighting Reported: May 3, 2008
Duration of Sighting: Several Hours
Location of Sighting: Grenada, Mississippi (Central Mississippi)
Latitude: 33.78 Degrees North
Longitude: 89.81 Degrees West
Number of Witnesses: Two
Number of Witnesses Interviewed: One
Weather: Clear Skies. Visibility 10 Miles. Winds Were From the NNW at 4 MPH.

Description: My husband noticed what he thought was a bright pulsating star, but when we began to observe it closer it began to change colors from a slight green to red. You had to look really close to see the colors, but they were there. The object moved liked a pendulum only with very slight movements, but would also stop and not move at all. It would drop lower then rise slowly. It never moved in a straight steady motion. I am sure there is an explanation, but it was definitely not an air plane. I have not ever seen anything like this before.

Second Report by Witness: Sorry if I mislead you. We never lost sight of the object. We just did not continuously watch it. My husband and I went back outside at 9:30 PM and the object was still there. It just had moved more North. It was in the Northwest sky. My husband went back out at 3:00 AM and the object was still visible. It had just had moved more North, but was still in the West sky and it had also seemed to have moved higher because it was more faint. What explanation do you have for this?

Comments: In light of the new information provided by the witness I am inclined to believe that the witnesses had observed Mars which was visible in the western sky at the time of the sighting. Mars would have set before 3 AM (when the witness said that the object was still visible, but fainter). Because the witness did not look continously at the object I believe it possible that the object observed at 3 AM was probably a star. (This is consistent with the fact that the witness said that the object was fainter.)