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Occurred : 7/16/2000 21:58 (Entered as : 07/16/00 21:58)
Reported: 7/17/2000 10:59
Posted: 3/11/2003
Location: Ridgecrest, CA
Shape: Light
Duration:10 seconds
Orange, transluscet, plasma-like sphere traveled overhead from west to east, observed 10 sec.

At first the witness, who does not want to be identified, said "Mary do you see that"? I looked towards the south and observed a plasma-like orange ball move west to east across the horizon and straight overhead. According to the unidentfied witness, the size of the object was a pea if held at arms length. The plasma-like sphere was orange, translucent, and you could see some ragged dark (black) area towards the middle. The outer edges were orange. The weather was clear with some wind. We did have a full moon, or close to full moon, so the night sky was well lit by moonlight. The moon was to the east of us at the time of the sighting. My name is ((name deleted)), am employed as a ((profession deleted))r, and have lived in this area for almost 30 years. I do know what satellites look like since we spend summer evenings trying to pick them out as they fly by the area. We live in the high desert and most nights are clear. The unidentified witness is approximately same age as I am and has a scientific background and training. This was significant experience for the unidentifed witness.