|Occurred : 1/1/2004 00:10 (Entered as : 01/01/2004 0:10)
Reported: 1/1/2004 1:03:32 AM 01:03
Location: La Mirada, CA
|Bright, orange, planet sized object first observed near Jupiter, then moved slowly due north for ten minutes then vanished
As the New Year wrang in, I was outside in my front yard (facing north)watching the neighborhood fireworks. I glanced into the night sky and noticed an orange object near the Planet Jupiter. It appeared to be the same size as the planet Mars except the orange color was very sharp. At first I thought it was Mars, but quickly realized it was much to far East. As I watched the object, it began moving slowly north. I asked my wife for our binoculars (7x35). When she returned, I steadied myself on our van to get as good a look as possible. Through the binoculars the object still seemed planet (Mars) sized and a very bright orange. The brightness faded once or twice for just a brief moment. The speed varied, sometimes stopping. It travelled due north and faded from view at the night sky's zenith. My observation lasted about ten minutes (0:10 to 0:20).