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Sighting Reports 2009

Bright Turquoise Ball Seen Night Sky

Date of Sighting: February 18, 2009
Time of Sighting: 9:30 PM PST
Location of Sighting: Hockinson, Washington (Southwest Washington Near Oregon Border)

Description: (From Columbian Newspaper http://www.columbian.com - Clark County, Washington):

Object in sky has observer stumped


OMSI official says it could be space junk or shooting star

Thursday, February 19 | 6:45 p.m.

BY LAURA MCVICKER
COLUMBIAN STAFF WRITER

It's a bird. It's a plane. It's … a UFO?

That suspicion crossed David Kent's mind when he spotted a bright turquoise ball in the sky Wednesday night from his Hockinson home. Kent saw the object travel across the sky before disappearing a few seconds later. He quickly dismissed the UFO idea, though.

"I don't believe in that stuff," Kent said.

Experts don't believe what Kent saw was a UFO either, but said it's likely space debris or a fireball, otherwise known as a brighter-than-normal meteor. The National Weather Service didn't have reports of anyone else seeing the object.

Jim Todd, Oregon Museum of Science and Industry's planetarium manager, said that based on Kent's description of the object, he believed it could be pieces of broken satellite. But Todd hadn't heard any other reports and said he was simply offering conjecture.

"It may have been something very natural: A shooting star, Venus or a plane in the distance," Todd said. "A blue color is characteristic of broken up space debris."

While an amateur astronomer in Spokane this week spotted the remote comet Lulin, which is passing Earth over the next few weeks, Todd said it's doubtful that's what Kent saw.

"Lulin is very faint because it's far, far away," Todd said. "And it doesn't move as fast as this person described."

Kent, who lives off Northeast 184th Street, said he was on his deck at about 9:30 p.m., when he looked south toward trees and saw a vibrant ball passing east to west. At first, he thought it was a plane, but realized it was too big to be one. He also dismissed it being a shooting star.

"I see falling stars every once in a while, but they drop off quickly," he said. "This was a pretty big sized ball.

Note: The article above says that the object was probably space debris or a meteor. I agree.

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