|Occurred : 4/23/2017 00:50 (Entered as : 04/23/17 0:50)
Reported: 4/23/2017 12:24:00 PM 12:24
Location: Napa, CA
|Large reddish orange light that dropped many more lights out of it, and some smaller same colored lights shot out the top.
I do star parties for hire with a large telescope I designed and built.
At 12:50 a.m., I was going east on Trancas Street in Napa, CA, heading home from a star party. I observed a large orange/red circular light over about the area of the Queen of the Valley Hospital, about a quarter mile away from my position, moving slowly north to south, maybe 500-750 feet high (it looked lower than an airplane at pattern altitude). The diameter of the circular light I observed I'd say was on the order of about the diameter of the length of a small airplane viewed at that distance, perhaps a bit smaller, so while very subjective, perhaps in the range of 20' diameter.
As I watched it slowly moving, it dropped a large light out of it! It fell straight down! And then it dropped another and another and then a whole string of maybe 6 or more! And more smaller lights shot out the top of the thing going up!
I did get some pictures but of course they're not great.
The lights were BRIGHT, and a dark reddish orange in color.
((ADDENDUM FROM WITNESS))
I have enough doubt now that I should rescind my report I made yesterday re. Napa, CA. I think it was a tribute balloon on fire a lot closer to me than I thought.