|--by Lynn Taylor
01OCT98 - Thursday (10:02 PM)
This was supposed to be the coolest evening since last spring, with frost warnings
posted in some parts of the state. I decided to walked out on the deck to check out the
moonlit sky before going off to bed. Looking to the East, I saw nothing out of place. The
dogs over on the ridge, however, were barking at something, so I continued to watch. From
nowhere, a fairly bright amber colored object appeared just above the tree line. It moved
silently in a northward direction, speeding up, then slowing down and almost stopping at
regular intervals. At first, I thought the object's erratic movement to be a result of my
own eye movement, but as I continued to watch, referencing the object's position to the
outline of trees on the ridge, I concluded that the object was clearly changing its
airspeed. The intensity of the object varied from moment to moment as it passed through
At the same time the object was in view,
an aircraft with standard lighting flew directly over my position in a northeast
direction, emitting no discernible sound. It was flying at about two thousand feet, which
was fairly low, but considerably higher than the object. I don't see how the pilot would
not be able to observe the object, as well.
I went on to bed, but at 12:14, I woke up and walked
outside just in time to see a similar or the same object pass behind the trees and out of
site as the dogs barked excitedly.
'tis the season!