Location of Sighting: Bend, Oregon
Date of Sighting: August 11, 2016
Time of Sighting: 10:45 PM PDT
Description: Last night, 8/11/16, at about 10:45 PM, I witnessed 2, bright flashes in the NE sky, about 1 minute apart, while waiting for the meteor shower forecast to happen that evening. These were not typical meteors or lights or anything typical. Then about 4 minutes later, I saw a BRIGHT light, like that of a headlight on a jet, but much larger, get brighter, while still moving, slowly (not natural for an aircraft that we know) right in the same area of the two bright “flashes” previously . Then, it was if it turned (the bright object/light) in the sky and the light faded to nothing. It went to black. A regular aircraft can be seen no matter what direction it’s heading. The lights tell the tale. They blink, even when heading away from you. It was if a “cloak of darkness” went over it. Again, the light was too bright and large to be a typical aircraft. This was viewed from Bend Oregon. We are out in the country, without city lights. The 1/2 moon was still up, but low in the southwestern sky. I just want to know if anyone else saw this? My father owned an airplane and he taught me how to look for planes in the sky when we were flying and coming up to an airport with air traffic. This was nothing like that. I have seen many other things that are not right in the sky in my 59 years. This was definitely not right. I hope I was not the only one to see it. Actually, my husband saw it too as he was with me. It is very strange. Again, I am educated, enough, on normal phenomenon in the sky.
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