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Occurred : 12/6/2008 17:40 (Entered as : 12/06/08 17:40)
Reported: 12/6/2008 6:44:33 PM 18:44
Posted: 1/10/2009
Location: Grover Beach, CA
Shape: Fireball
Duration:7-10 seconds
I thought I saw a shooting star, then maybe a rocket launch, then maybe a plane crashing.....but itjust disappeared!

First of all I would like to know if anyone else saw this, they had to! Can you at least get back to me and tell me if they reported it? I would greatly appreciate it. At first I thought maybe I was seeing another lift off from Vandenberg airforce base south or here about 35-40 miles. But after 2-3 seconds I knew it wasn't since there was no "trail" of thrust rockets. And sice the base is due south of my house, it couldn't have ben a lilft off because it was going from left to right, east to west, between the cresent moon and venus ( or jupiter). Also. it was going on a downward angle from my vantage point about 15 degrees I would guess. All I can say is that it was a fireball of sorts, orangish in color, not blue or white. And, it was going relatively slowly compared to a shooting star. In the few seconds I saw it, it had moved accross the sky about 8-10 inches at arms length. I don't know how many degrees that would be. All I can say is that if you stetch your arm out and point to the sky,move your index finger about 10" and that's about how far I saw it travel. The size is also hard to judge or determine. Again, if you hold your arm out like before and make about a quarter inch gap between your index finger and thumb, that would be about how big it was. It was "on fire" and flickered then disappeared, not much of a trail. I thought afterwards that maybe I saw a plane crashing, God forbid!