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Sighting Reports 2011

Diamond Shaped Object With Flickering Orange Light Seen in Night Sky

Mahwah is About 30 Miles Northwest of New York City.
Mahwah is About 30 Miles Northwest of New York City.

Date of Sighting: January 30, 2011
Time of Sighting: 10:11 PM EST
Location of Sighting: Mahwah, New Jersey (See Map)

Description: While walking my dog on a clear, cold night, I observed a flickering orange light that seemed to be following a typical approach path to Newark airport. (This was roughly 3000 to 4000 feet in a direction from NE to SW ).

I observed the light for approximately 10 minutes which was moving much slower than typical aircraft in the area, and only showed the single light. I then thought it may be a meteor, but it did not display characteristics that other meteors I have seen usually display.

The best description would be that the light seemed to flicker the way a candle would flicker if carried by a person. It remained a bright orange color until directly overhead then it seemed to "go out", which may have been just the direction of the light.

I then noticed what seemed to be a dark shape behind the "headlight", which appeared diamond shaped, but displayed no running lights or other identifying lighting. It was not very large, but it blocked the view of the stars as it passed overhead.

I continued to scan the sky afterwards for approximately 10 minutes, but saw no further evidence of it moving away, or any other anomalies in the sky.

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