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Sighting Reports 2009

Large Fiery Object Changes Direction in Night Sky

Date of Sighting: July 18, 2009
Time of Sighting: 11:30 PM PDT
Location of Sighting: West Seattle, Washington

Description: I just came home from work and there were light scattered clouds covering most of Western Washington. I looked to the Southeast and noticed a large round object that appeared to be glowing orange like it was on fire moving east to west. The object was quite large and appeared to be on fire. I am estimating the elevation to be about thirty to forty thousand feet. It was probably about 100 miles downrange from where I was located. It's speed was very fast and going about three times the rate as any airliner moving across the sky at that altitude. I really thought I was looking at a meteor until it turned south and accelerated at a high rate of speed going south. It was almost a pinpoint of light after about fifteen to twenty seconds from making the turn. While it was moving away (south) the light would suddenly flare up and diminish again about three times. I saw the video posted from the July 5th sighting in Castle Rock, Washington and it was almost identical looking except I could see it much clearer. (This one was larger because it was lower in elevation.)

Note: I at first that the object was a meteor of falling space junk, but the aerial movements exhibited by the object rule the meteor or space junk theory. (This is assuming that the witness's observations are correct.)