Thursday, August 26, 2010

Orange To Yellow Object Over Iowa City Iowa

Date: August 26, 2010
Time: Approx: 9:35 p.m.

I came across your website while searching for information about the following:

While running tonight, I observed an object in the night sky, which tracked from southeast to northeast, while reaching a maximum apparent altitude of 30 to 40 degrees towards the east from my location in Iowa City, IA. The apparent speed was comparable to that of a jetliner at cruse altitude or of a satellite. The trajectory appeared to be more like that of a satellite. The time was about 9:35 PM CDT, 08/26/10. It was about as bright as Jupiter (the bright “star” under the Moon tonight).

This object was different from either an aircraft or orbiting satellite (I see both of those all of the time and know what they look like) in that it was flickering like a flame, with an orange to yellow color. It disappeared about 15 degrees above northeast. There was neither a trail nor noise associated with it. I’m sure there must be a simple explanation.

If you have seen anything like this in the same area please be kind enough to contact Brian Vike at: with the details of your sighting. All personal information is kept confidential. website:

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