|Occurred : 4/1/2000 13:00 (Entered as : 4/01/2000 1:00 P.M)
Reported: 7/3/2001 13:06
Location: Mission Viejo, CA
|Formation high-flying 'pearls' in a daylight sky.
While watching a large airliner (a usual activity of mine as I am a pilot) fly almost directly overhead and to the southeast in a bright, clear and cloudless early afternoon sky, I noticed another jet traveling due east quite a bit higher. This second plane was a smaller business jet, probably a Cessna Citation as the wings were straight out from the body of the plane. It was flying at around twenty-five to thirty throusand feet in altitude. As I watched the small jet for a moment, two non-twinkling objects about the brightness of medium stars and about the same apparent size passed to either side of the small jet in the exact opposite direction. As the two objects continued in a due west direction and just before passing directly overhead, one object (the one that passed on the plane's right, or south side) abruptly turned to the southwest at a forty-five degree angle. The other object continued on a little farther and then turned due north. The turn was immediate, not like an airplane making a banking turn. I continued watching this one and in a few seconds it was joined by two more, one coming in from either side and together they formed a triangle, continueing to fly due north. After a couple more seconds, they moved in what I can only describe as a dance as they moved playfully around each other. Almost immediately they were joined by two more, one coming in from each side again. The five ojbects continued north until I could no longer distinguish them from the bright, blue sky. I have since seen (not without some excitement on my part) a report on T.V., with video no less, of almost exactly what I saw. The objects were described as 'pearls'. They were the same as I witnessed; silent, white and round and did not seem to give off light of their own. The objects on T.V. were also in diamond formations of many more than I saw (up to thirty at a time). Single 'pearls' would even turn away from the others at smooth forty-five degree angles.