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Occurred : 9/16/2004 20:35 (Entered as : 09/16/2004 20:35)
Reported: 9/16/2004 8:57:09 PM 20:57
Posted: 9/29/2004
Location: Pasadena, CA
Shape: Unknown
Duration:00:01:00
Faint moving object glows white then disappears over Pasadena 9/16/04

I was sitting on my porch, tossing a toy for my dog. I looked up to see only a few stars in the sky; it was the very end of twilight. I then noticed a very faint star that had just appeared. Then I noticed it was moving, but it seemed very high in altitude. I thought perhaps it was a satellite, but there was so much light pollution and so few stars visible, it didn't seem possible that a such a small object would or could be seen and tracked. Then, suddenly, the extremely faint object (it was white, no colors that might indicate an aircraft) grew quite bright. I would call it a 'Flare up' in intensity, but it wasn't flickering like fire might. It radiated a bright, pure white light for about 2-3 seconds. Then the object dimmed to it's original faintness. Then it disappeared altogether. My eyes were strained trying to follow it. A few seconds later the object appeared, moving in a dirction at a perfect right angle to where it had been traveling. Then it dimmed and disappeared. This was not an aircraft I'm familar with. It was far to high for a helicopter, and no sound was heard. I'm not really into UFO reporting, but I am into the truth. And this was high enough on the strange meter that I figured somebody ought to know.

((NUFORC Note: We wonder whether the witness might have observed the "flare" from an Iridium satellite. PD))