Bright Star Like Object Overhead

Bright Star Like Object Overhead

Date: October 7, 1955

Location: Near McCamey, TX

This occurred in 1955 when I was 13 years old.

I went on a camping trip with a church group of 10 boys the same age, we had 2 adult sponsors with us.

We were camped on the banks of the Pecos river.

We had laid out bedrolls side by side on a grassy section which slowly sloped into the river.

As boys that age, we were running all over the area chasing each other, laughing and such.

About 9:30 p.m., I got tired and laid down on my bedroll, the other boys kept playing.

It was dark and in the West Texas desert 15 miles from a small town, there was little light pollution thus the stars were very bright.

In the night skies, there are always a sprinkling of stars brighter than the other stars.

As I layed there I happened to be staring a one of those stars which was directly above me, stationary.

It was completely still in the sky.

I stared at it for quite a while, I cannot say how long but I was staring at it while it remained stationary in the sky.

As I was looking at it, it began moving, it did not flash away.

It simply began moving, it did not get brighter or less bright.

It did not have a trail such as a comet would have.

I stopped some of the other boys and showed it to them.

They watched for a while but became bored and started playing again.

I continued to watch it until it went out of sight beyond the horizon.

It took about 2 minutes for it to go from a stationary position directly above in the sky to disappearing below the horizon.

This was before Sputnik or even any public idea about satellites.

At this time, there was a small airport in McCamey but only a very few light, fixed wing aircraft.

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