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Occurred : 6/23/2001 23:15 (Entered as : 06/23/01 2315)
Reported: 6/26/2001 06:56
Posted: 3/11/2003
Location: Quincy, CA
Shape: Light
Duration:60 seconds
Red light flares to brilliant white,changes course.

While out stargazing, my wife and I observed a small red light moving overhead in an arc. We thought this to be a sattelite, and were duly impressed, but the object then changed color to brilliant white, increasing in magnitude by a factor of 10X, it then made a course change and changed headings from South to North- to a North-East heading. Rate of speed increased after course change, total legnth of sighting was no more than 60 seconds total. We were both stunned by the "flare" since we were both convinced it was a satellite until that point.