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Queensland, 1978 [reported November 2004]

Queensland, 1978 [reported November 2004]

It was around the end of March or early April, 1978. A friend was looking through a mounted telescope at the starry sky above. The time of the day was around sunset so the sky was black in the east, lit by the setting sun in the west. I remember J called me over and asked if I wanted to take a look through his telescope. He said he had been tracking something moving across the sky. He directed me to the spot in the sky where I should look and then waited for my response. I looked in the eyepiece and after a brief search found the moving object. All I could see was a very bright point of light. It was high up in the sky, with the stars and the blackness behind it. I remember that it was travelling in a straight arc line across the sky as if it were circling the earth. I watched it for a bit and then I said to my friend that it was probably a satellite. The thing seemed to be constantly the same brightness as it travelled across the sky, but as the object reached a point nearly above my head something weird happened that I will never forget. The object, the bright point of moving light, suddenly veered off at a 45 degree angle, as if turning on a coin. It turned without the customary curving that jetplanes, rockets and other flying objects usually exhibit while changing course. If its initially spotted direction was in front of me and heading along an arc to over my head and then behind me, when it veered 45 degrees it did so as if to go over my right shoulder. It was like looking at a clock face. I was at the centre, the object was travelling from the 12 o’clock position in front of me to the clock centre where I stood, and then it veered toward the 4 o’clock position over, as I said, my right shoulder. Then, once it had suddenly veered off, its brightness faded into the dark of the Universe and I eventually lost it though I was able to follow it till it faded. It was as if it were heading out into deep space, where before the turn it was circling the earth. I don’t know what it was but satellites don’t do 45 degree sudden turns, as far as I know, and they don’t fade away where just before they were as bright as an object can get in space. I remember its brightness even now, brighter than any of the background stars over which it passed. I also remember the fading away into blackness after the turn.

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