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Occurred : 7/21/2006 23:00 (Entered as : 07/21/06 23:00)
Reported: 8/19/2006 6:40:45 PM 18:40
Posted: 10/30/2006
Location: Novato, CA
Shape: Light
Duration:10-15 seconds
Mysterious gold light in the night sky in north San Francisco Bay area

I was sitting in a chair outside the rear of our house enjoying the unseasonably warm evening weather, gazing north, looking at the stars & the occasional commercial jet on their familiar flight path coming from the Pacific Northwest heading to San Francisco airport. There was no clouds in the sky, no moon was visible (it's always in the opposite direction anyway), and no wind. It was about 85 degrees (F).

Suddenly & seemingly from out of no where, a goldish circular light appeared in the sky. It was about 1/3 the size of a full moon when it's highest in the sky. It was an intense (but easy to look at) soft gold color, that seemed to be pulsing on the outer circumfrence of the object, which had no visible defined edge. No other shape within or without the object was visible. There was total silence as is moved laterally & slowly in a westerly direction. The object appeared to above Mt. Burdell. No commercial jets or other aircraft were in the area at the time.

Totally suprised by what I was seeing I quickly thought about fireworks or flares, both ideas which I discarded quickly. I called for my son to come here as I continued to watch this amazing & mysterious celestial display. Then just as my son was about to step outside, there was a quiet, low frequency popping noise, & the object seemed to dissapear, or rather transform. In it's place was a dot of light, appearing much like a small distant star, except it was moving, still in a westerly direction. It was difficult to continue to see as it became fainter, until it was gone.