|Occurred : 7/29/2006 03:00 (Entered as : 07/29/06 3:00)
Reported: 8/3/2006 8:31:51 PM 20:31
Location: Sonoma, CA
|this is an update
I called the local paper- no other reports but my own.
I called the local airports- no reports; however, confirmed the altitude of cloud cover to be 1000-3000 miles up. Also, ceiling was 1100 miles in Petaluma(10 miles W).
confirmed altitude of object from observer to be 26.75 deg. from observation point.
did this by locating a star that matched location of object at the same time the following night.
By my calculations, this object would have to have a diameter of 10.1815 feet at .4629 miles away. Or a 27.7679 foot diameter at 1.2624 miles away. These are actual diameters based on the visual size of 1/8" at 2'1/2" away from my eye.
Interestingly, there has been a 4.4 earthquake just a few miles from the observation point, 5 days later. This location matches the origin of the object. Could this have been "earthquake lights"? I have no frame of reference to confirm this possibility.
Upon reflection, I see aircraft in nearly the same location, only never North to South, always South to North on this same path.
Please feel free to scrutinize my findings. I also took pictures of the exact location of the sky and horizon in which the object had previously appeared.
My previous information was based on a very preliminary review of the environment, and almost no depth of field, in a cloudy sky at night. I believe my new information to be extremely accurate based on the limited but specific facts involved.