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Occurred : 4/15/1995 22:00 (Entered as : 04/15/95 22:00)
Reported: 1/28/2008 2:30:33 AM 02:30
Posted: 2/14/2008
Location: Gilbert, AZ
Shape: Unknown
Duration:1 minute
1995 Phoenix SE Valley "shooting star" turns 90° and crosses sky in couple of seconds.

I stepped out onto my patio around 10 pm because I'd heard there was to be a bit of a meteor shower and I wondered if I could see any of it from my somewhat rural location. The sky was full of stars but I wasn't seeing much in the way of shooting stars, so after a few minutes I was ready to give up and go inside.

That's when I noticed a star moving very fast from east to west across the sky. By my estimation it could have crossed the entire sky in 5 or 10 seconds. At first I thought maybe it was a satellite. I've never seen one before but it just popped into my head that must be what this is, and I remember feeling a bit proud of myself for figuring it out. At least that seemed like a pretty good guess until it got about 75% across the sky moving due west when it suddenly turned north and just took off so fast it was across the sky in a couple of seconds and gone.

I don't know much about space but I don't think satellites can turn or move like that, so for me - this was a UFO. It was flying and I couldn't identify it, put it that way. Like probably millions of people, I never told anyone about it. It's not dramatic or exciting but sometimes I wonder how different the world view would be if everyone who's seen a UFO would submit a report and I couldn't keep refusing to report my sighting with that thought in my mind.

Date and time are approximate, sorry but it was over 10 years ago now.

((NUFORC Note: Witness indicates that the date of the event is approximate. PD))