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Sighting Reports 2009

Star Gazers See Light Shaped Like Baseball "Home Plate" in Night Sky

Date of Sighting: June 12, 2009
Time of Sighting: 10:20 PM CDT
Location of Sighting: Gulfport, Mississippi

Description: As usual we were sitting outside star gazing. We usually see satellites. We had already seen two satellites tonight. I have seen the space shuttle, the ISS (International Space Station) and even the space shuttle undock from the ISS. I have seen comets, but this was none of the above. It was traveling about the speed of a "shooting star." It was traveling North. I could only tell that it looked like it may have been a large meteor close enough to the earth to reflect light down because it was dimly lit, but visible definitely. The shape was like a baseball park home plate. Although it could have just been the speed that made the illusion. It did appear that it was just above the atmosphere although there was no plane that was near to give an impression of a judgment in distance. It was visible for only 3 or 4 seconds and it didn't have the burn of a shooting star and remained on course out of sight. It was seemingly not losing altitude.

Note: The witness seems convinced that the object was not a meteor. I tend to agree, but perhaps an identification could be made if more data were available. (Perhaps the object could have been space debris?)

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