2003-03-31 04:30:43 -- When Pettigrew first encountered the Min Min he thought it was the planet Venus: “But it didn’t set. It went down to the horizon and then sat on the horizon for some time.”
On a later occasion while driving with colleagues, the three saw what they thought was the eyeshine of a cat about 50 metres in front of their vehicle. However when they stopped and turned out the headlights, it was still there, bobbing around as if it had a life of its own.
“We had a big argument – no one could agree what it was and how far away it was.”
Pettigrew and his two companions drove across the plains and used a car compass to work out how far away the light was, but had to drive five kilometres before there was any change in the direction of the compass.
“We calculated it was over 300 km away which was over the horizon,” Pettigrew said.
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