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Sighting Reports 2008

Astronomer Sees 2 Bright Lights Moving in Southerly Direction.

Diagram of Lights and Movement Sketched by Witness.
Diagram of Lights and Movement Sketched by Witness.

Date of Sighting: September 19, 2008
Time of Sighting: 8:50 PM CDT
Date Sighting Reported: September 20, 2008
Duration of Sighting: Unknown
Location of Sighting: Rogers, Arkansas (Extreme NW Arkansas Near Missouri Border)
Latitude: 36.32 Degrees North
Longitude: 94.03 Degrees West
Number of Witnesses: One
Weather: Skies Were Clear. Visibility Was 6 Miles. Winds Were Calm.

Description: As an amateur astronomer, I was taking digital images through my telescope of M57 the Ring Nebula. While watching the images being processed on my computer screen I happened to look up and observed an extremely bright light traveling on a southerly course. As I was watching, it slowly decreased in intensity and a second bright light suddenly appeared well behind the first light. It too proceeded on a southerly course and like the first slowly decreased in intensity. I would like to point out that I'm a Private Pilot and have just under 1000 hours of flight time as pilot in command. Having always loved airplanes, I always look up when a plane files over and readily recognize helicopters and planes be it day or night. This was not an aircraft. During my astronomical observations I often see satellites. As they pass into the Earth's shadow they steadily decrease in intensity until they disappear into the Earth's shadow. What is unique about this sighting is the fact that the second light suddenly appeared. In addition, these lights where much brighter than the satellites I have observed. The magnitude of these lights were about five times of Jupiter which is visible in the southern sky this time of the year.

Comments: Given the background of the witness I trust his judgement that the lights were not satellites, regular aircraft, or celestial phenomena.