a friend of mine called me at four in the morning. he is on eastern time, six hours ahead of us, and didn’t realize it was 4am for me. i walked outside,so i wouldn’t wake my wife. as we talked, i looked straight up noticing the moon and how bright it was. then, as i lowered my head i noticed this bright object way off, like a star, but much brighter. i could see two nearby stars to use as reference points. the object was very bright and had a symmetrically shaped bright swirl on both sides of it, a mirror image of each other. the object as well as the aura surrounding it moved south in the sky maintaining its size and shape the whole time. i ran inside and brought my wife outside to see it. as we watched it, it continued to move south, and grew in size getting much bigger than it originally was, yet maintaining its shape perfectly. it finally began to fade in brightness and eventually just disappeared completely, before leaving our line of site. while i watched the object i took two pictures. one at normal focus, and then i zoomed in and took another shot.