March 23rd 2005

Mistatim, Saskatchewan Extremely Bright Light

Date: March 23, 2005
Time: 10:20 p.m.

Strangest thing I saw last night while driving Highway #3 yesterday evening (March 23, 2005) between Tisdale and Hudson Bay, Saskatchewan. At 10:20 p.m., I was about a kilometer west of Mistatim, heading east toward Hudson Bay. I happened to glance out the driver side window, toward where Vega was in the sky, and noticed a very, very bright light about 5 - 10 degrees above and a little to the east of the star. The light was extremely bright, like looking at a streetlight or the headlight of an oncoming car that's still some ways off but beginning to get too bright for comfort. When I first saw it, it was already very bright - I don't know if it suddenly appeared or had slowly increased in brightness. However, after about 15 - 20 seconds, it began to dim and slowly faded into the darkness of the night sky during another 20 - 30 seconds. There was no motion to it - it stayed in the same place in the sky throughout the sighting. I suppose it could have been a satellite, particularly an Iridium satellite, but I was struck by it's lack of movement. I checked with heavens-above.com to see if there were any satellite passes at that time. There were no objects in the heavens-above database for that time (the nearest being at about 4:30 in the afternoon). It could have been a satellite, I guess, but who knows? Anyway, I thought I'd mention it.

I've seen bright lights like this a few times, but never in the northern sky. Usually, there's some movement associated with a satellite.

Thank you to the witness for the report.

Brian Vike, Director
HBCC UFO Research


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