|Occurred : 1/17/2005 23:05 (Entered as : 01/17/2005 23:05)
Reported: 6/16/2005 4:46:50 PM 16:46
Location: San Diego, CA
|bright speck of light moves in strange path in western sky of pacific beach
Though this happened several months ago, I had written down the date and time, thinking someone else would have seen what I did. I see from your reports that a couplen of people saw something on New Year's Eve, however no one has reported anything for this date. Anyway, I was walking home in Pacific Beach (more precisely, I was walking west), and in the sky I saw a little speck of whitish orange light, moving around in a random-looking way, i.e., it danced around back and forth and in loops. I stopped to watch it, and I thought about running to go get my digital camera, but I worried that it would disappear by the time I returned. It did not move terribly fast (its entire path was confined to a relatively small area of sky), and it had a sort of "sputtery" or "jittery" motion to it, which is to say that it did not fly smoothly like a plane does, but with a kind of shakiness. This made me think that it may have been a meteor, but I have seen meteor showers, and what I saw was different: it did not move nearly as fast, nor did it streak in those do as those do. Rather, it moved around in an odd little path for probably just over a minute and seemed to diminish in brightness and size as it did so, until I really couldn't follow it anymore, it was so tiny. Again, this makes me think it was a meteor or some other object that was burning up in the atmosphere -- but do meteors move in such seemingly random paths? Is there some way to check meteor activity for that date? Thanks!
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