|Occurred : 12/6/1998 19:40 (Entered as : 12-06-98 19:40)
Reported: 12/8/1998 05:01
Location: Santa Rosa, CA
|Pale red light, approx. 1000 foot altitude, very slowly elevated to 1500 feet,then proceded towards our direction, so we continued driving.
A pale red light was seen to my left above a tree line next to a creek. This object caught my attention immediately, because an airplane wouldn't be flying that close near a residential area.I found a parking spot 150 yards up the road, and got out to observe the object. It was only one pale red light that maybe twice faded to a dim and then returned to it's original brightness. There was a telephone pole right next to the object, so my girlfriend & I could actually observe the object's ascent to approx. 1500 feet. As it ascended, it swayed very slighty to one side & back to the other. It reminded me of a Chinese Lantern, as it was a pale red color and the swaying it did. It proceded to move towards our direction after about 10 minutes of ascending. It was NOT an airplane or any conventional aircraft I have ever seen in a night-time setting. The light made no noise. The evening was calm & crystal clear that night. As it proceded towards us, I became a little nervous, and watched it move to the south-east (in our direction), so I decided I had seen enough (40* F outside), but when I looked back in the object's general direction 5 minutes later, it was gone. This was my first sighting that I can recall in my life. There were no reports in the paper or on the radio the following day.