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Sighting Reports 2010

2 See Bright Flashing Light Move Slowly West in Night Sky

Date of Sighting: February 21, 2010
Time of Sighting: 12:25 AM PST
Location of Sighting: Portland, Oregon

Description: I was sitting in my living room when I noticed a bright point of light in my upper left peripheral vision. Immediately I got up to watch it from the window, and beckoned my mother to do the same. What I beheld was an incredibly bright flashing light in the east-southeastern sky moving slowly westward. It moved slower than a plane or helicopter. I can only describe the flashing as mesmerizing. From the horizon it must have been about 45 degrees up. It flashed for around 10 seconds before fading down. It took 1 to 2 seconds to go from brilliantly flashing to dimly glowing. After the flashing I could still make out a faint, uniformly lit shape continuing along the same slow trajectory. After 20 or so seconds I did run outside to observe for noise, but the object was making none that I could hear. There was no engine noise, no rotors of a helicopter and only the ambiance of my neighborhood at midnight. The object couldn't have been far away, no more than a mile or two so if it were a conventional aircraft, I would have heard its sound. Interestingly I was able to compare the lights of a distant airplane to this glowing object, and neither resembled each other in any way, shape, or form. Eventually my view of the object was obstructed by a neighbor's house and tree, so I made my way to the back patio to watch it more. The object kept hovering slowly west until trees of a nearby campground blocked it from sight. I remember it disappearing in the distance right around Orion's belt in the west, just above the douglas firs. I just want to reiterate: the flashing was bewilderingly bright and very, very rapid. I am somewhat an aviation enthusiast, and I know for a fact that I wasn't watching an airplane's landing lights, emergency lights, flood lights, flares, or anything of the kind.

Note: The witness has provided a very explicit report. He makes a case that he saw something unlike a conventional aircraft.

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