posted on Feb, 19 2006 @ 05:31 PM
Around Christmas 2001 (sorry, I never made a note of the date), I found myself with a bunch of friends atop Mt. Haleakula in Maui. From the top of
the now-extinct volcano, we had an unbroken view horizon-to-horizon. The only clouds in the sky were clustered around the horizon. As we were about
10,000 feet up, the stars were very clear and quite bright.
Around 10 pm we noticed a very odd phenomenon. A white, totally straight line was bisecting the sky. It was quite faint, about magnitude two or
three I would guess, and it was quite hard to focus on. To me it looked like it was made of sparks: one of my companions later described it as
looking like a vibrating guitar string. It stretched right across the sky and was moving very slowly sideways.
After perhaps ten minutes it had covered perhaps as many degrees' arc in its transverse movement and faded out quite slowly. Maybe twenty minutes
later it was back, again traversing roughly the same segment of sky, only to fade out, again after about ten minutes.
Like an absolute idiot, I made no effort to figure out which way it was stretching (north/south, whatever) and therefore in which direction it was
moving transversely. All I can tell you is that it started out a little off vertical, maybe at the one o'clock position, and faded out maybe around
two o'clock, probably not even.
I've been puzzling about this ever since. In discussing it with others, various options have been raised. It wasn't a meteor. I've seen plenty
of shooting stars in my time, even a bolide. This thing HUNG AROUND and moved very slowly and evenly at 90 degrees to its length. It faded from view
evenly along its length too. Nor was it a jet contrail: at all times it was utterly, utterly straight. I have yet to see a contrail that remains
even along its length when it's being moved by wind. Or one that emits light.
The only thing I can think of is that it might have been some sort of star wars weapons test. Any ideas, anyone?