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Over One Mile
Object Flight Path
Hovering then path,Path with directional change,Path then hovering
I was relaxing in my backyard with my family at 6:30 pm when my wife observed a incredibly bright light to the northeast appear. I took a quick glance and wrote it off as the waning sunlight bouncing off of a civilian aircraft which I have seen many times.
Within 20 seconds I knew this was not that as the light remained stationary. I told my wife to grab my binocs so I could keep the object in sight. The object was roughly above the Niagara River by Niagara Falls but at an elevation of 10-15k ft.
When she came back I could clearly make out a greyish rectangular, sideways domino shape that had a incredibly bright white bank of light on its side. The power of these lights was nothing I have ever seen in my life. The object moved down a few hundred feet then west a few hundred feet and then shot up a few hundred feet and then just hovered for a couple minutes.
It then dipped downwards and I could see on the top was a upside down saucer shaped glowing red circle. At this point my adrenaline kicked in and I dashed into the house to try and get my 12" dobsonian dragged outside to get a closer look.
As I swiveled the dob to the target my wife who had the binocs said its leaving. I witnessed the object turn towards the north and take off at incredible speed to infinity. Within 3 seconds it was gone.
I am a seasoned amateur astronomer with 30 years of experience and I know the location of Venus and am familiar with most civilian and military aircraft. This was none of those.
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