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Sighting Reports 2009

Large Bright Light Changes Direction in Night Sky

Date of Sighting: May 20, 2009
Time of Sighting: 3:30 AM PDT
Location of Sighting: Port Angeles, Washington

Description: I just read about the Port Angeles-Sequim and Satsop sighting. I realized that was the same night I also saw a large, extremely bright light that I couldn't explain. I was reading sighting reports because I just had an unusual daytime sighting with my family after a birthday party. I was actually looking for more reports on what we may have seen today (May 31, 2009). The 20th of May I was up very late (3:30 AM) as I am a night person and didn't have to work the next day. I saw a very large, bright white light to the east of me, but probably less than a half mile away. It was low in the sky, just over tree top level and I thought it was a plane going to the Port Angeles airport west of town. I often watch them coming in. I look out the windows late at night often because I have always been fascinated with the sky. When I first saw the light, it seemed strange because it just seemed to sit there for a while (3 to 4 minutes) then moved very slowly south toward the Straits of Juan De Fuca. Then after just a short distance it seemed to turn and head east towards Seattle, but it was always the same bright, white light. It was not like a plane when it turns you then see the navigational lights, but not the headlights anymore. This object stayed large and bright white even with directional changes, and moved slowly until it got too small for me to make out anymore. I'd say that took about 10 or more minutes. I was excited because it was definitely an unusual thing to see!

Note: It is difficult to determine how unusual this sighting was given that it occurred at night. However, the witness apparently lives close to the airport and regularly sees aircraft. Not many aircraft would be in the sky at 3:30 AM leaving or approaching a small airport like Port Angeles. It is not known if this sighting is connected to the other two sightings that occurred much later on May 20, 2009.