|Occurred : 9/24/2008 23:00 (Entered as : 09/24/08 23:00)
Reported: 9/24/2008 11:46:18 PM 23:46
Location: Temecula, CA
|Brightly lit object about the size and brightness of a planet in the night sky, made several movements in multiple directions.
The object was essentially a yellow colored light, about the size and brightness of a planet (Venus or Mars) that is normally seen in the night sky. With binoculars I could see that it appeared to be more oblong shaped with a dark band separating 2 lit areas of the object. Unfortunately it was not brightly lit enough to capture with a camera.
When my wife and I noticed it had made several erratic movements up and down and side to side, we knew it was not a celestial object of any kind. We monitored it for close to 30 mins from our backyard as it made several sudden but subtle movements back and forth and up and down. It was approx 15-25 degrees above the horizon, looking west from my position.
The erratic movements it was making were unlike any I've seen a helicopter or airplane make, especially at the distance it appeared to be. We are somewhat near March AFB, and French Valley airport, and we do get a lot of helicopter and airplane traffic overhead, but this made no noise and did not seem to move in a way I've ever seen a helicopter make. It certainly could not have been an airplane as it was too stationary.