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Sighting Reports 2008

Man Takes of Photo of Bright Object in Sky Around Sunset

Photo of White Object at 10X Zoom.
Photo of White Object at 10X Zoom.

Date of Sighting: August 28, 2008
Time of Sighting: 7:40 PM CDT
Date Sighting Reported: September 5, 2008
Duration of Sighting: Around 10 Minutes
Location of Sighting: Westlake, Louisiana (Near Lake Charles, Louisiana)
Latitude: 30.25 Degrees North
Longitude: 93.27 Degrees West
Weather: Skies Were Clear. Visibility Was 10 Miles. Winds Were From South-Southwest at 4 MPH.
Astronomical: Venus Was Very Bright in the West at magnitude -3.8 and at an Elevation of About 15 Degrees Above the Horizon. Sunset Was at 7:40 PM CDT.

Description: The picture was taken by me on Thursday August 28, 2008 around 7:40 PM from my residence in Westlake, Louisiana. The object seen appeared to be a very large star against the blue evening sky. (I have actually seen this object around 8 times in the last two weeks and this was about the third time it was seen). The object has been seen as early as 7:15 PM and as late as 7:55 PM with an optimum viewing period of 7:40 thru 7:50 PM. The longest period viewed has been 40 minutes with an average of ten minutes each sighting of the object. I have notes on most of the sightings which I can email to you once I type them up. So far, the object has been seen in the South, South West, and West, at 15, 30, 45, and 60 degrees above the horizon, and straight up above my residence. The object appears to be mostly stationary with a slow roll to the West a couple of times which seemed to be a bit faster than the rotation of the Earth.

The day I shot the photo (I took six still shots), the object looked duller and more like a real star except it was out too early. The first couple of times the object was seen, it appeared much brighter and almost shone like a tiny sun when looking at it with binoculars. The day of the photo the dull star looked like a "chrome hamburger bun" when viewed with 5X binoculars. (This is why I had to take pictures of it.) The pictures are not that great, but I do think that at least they demonstrate that I am seeing a stationary object during the day light hours against a blue sky.

Comments: Based on the photo, the witness report and astronomical tables I believe that the witness has been observing the planet Venus. The witness took the photo with a low resolution older digital camera (Sony Mavica). The photo was taken with a zoom setting of 10X.

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