|Occurred : 9/28/2005 21:10 (Entered as : 09/28/2005 21:10)
Reported: 9/29/2005 8:10:49 AM 08:10
Location: Valley Springs, CA
Duration:5 to 6 minutes
|Very bright light appears, disappears, reappears.
On Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2005, at approximately 9:10 PM (PDT), my wife and I were sitting outside, facing east, enjoying the clear night sky. I turned to my left (North) and saw a bright (Magnitude -5.0 or brighter) light and said to my wife "What's that light? A plane with its landing lights on?"
In the time it took for her to turn her head (about 1 to 1 1/2 seconds) the light dimmed to look like any other star in the sky, and within another 2 seconds it was completely gone from sight. It did not really appear to dim down (or drop below the horizon), but rather it appeared to fly directly away from us.
About four minutes later, while I was still watching that area of the sky, I said to my wife "Here it comes again." It slowly reappeared as a faint, distant star and within 2 to 3 seconds was again very bright (Mag. -5.0 or brighter).
My wife said "If it gets any closer, I'm going in the house."
It then again appeared to fly directly away from us to the North and disappeared within 3 seconds.
We never saw it again after that.
((NUFORC Note: No sightings of the International Space Station or of Iridium satellites would have been visible from Valley Springs, CA, on this date, at the time indicated, according to <www.heavens-above.com>. PD))