Published: 5:19 AM 10/9/2015
Stopping and changing direction does not happen...
Sandy, Utah - 10-07-15
My wife, son, and I were walking home after a short walk through our neighborhood. My wife exclaimed, "did you see that?"
I said "no," but began to fixate my eyes in the direction she had mentioned. Suddenly a sphere of light brighter then all stars appeared and disappeared.
This object would brighten and disappear slowly and on separate occasions very fast, brighten and disappear. Also, this object would reappear in different locations giving the impression that it had moved.
We hurried home and I asked my father and step-son to try to observe what we saw. They only had to wait a few minutes to observe the exact same thing.
All four of us saw the light do what I explained above. The last time I saw it that night, the light appeared directly over head at least 3 times and did not move while appearing and disappearing.
I was a physics major at the University near my home. I have a good understanding of acceleration (pertaining to change in direction and velocity) and a good general understanding of how satellites and meteorites behave. Stopping and changing direction does not happen and would be catastrophic for a satellite though this could be a highly reflective science experiment I suppose.
In my opinion this was not farther away than the moon but did not seem to be within our atmosphere either.