December 31, 2014 – Richland, Washington – Near Midnight PST

Description: I was walking my dog close to midnight New Year’s Eve heading west and then I turned north toward my house. I noticed a fairly large, prominent orange “dot” to the lower right of the Big Dipper’s dipper. My first thought was that Mars is sure bright tonight (absolutely clear, 12 degrees, no wind) and then realized that Mars shouldn’t be there! The object was stable, then began moving east a short distance, stopped, then moved again at varying speeds. I noticed that towards the east of this there were two smaller orange dots, also moving east, but not at a constant speed (starting and stopping; not in tandem). The two smaller objects disappeared. The larger object continued moving (starting/stopping) towards the same area until it suddenly disappeared also. Momentarily, there was a small orange object that suddenly appeared and moved west at a high rate of speed and then disappeared. This last object was moving much faster than anything I have seen, but there was absolutely no sound during any of this or the preceding incident. It all lasted about 5 to 10 minutes. I went back out in my backyard later, but did not see anything out of the ordinary.

It should also be noted that we talked to my youngest child, who lives in Seattle, and told him about this sighting. He said that he also had seen an “orange” object in the sky around midnight when he got off of work.

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