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Occurred : 8/25/2017 04:30 (Entered as : 08/25/17 04:30)
Reported: 8/25/2017 9:56:21 AM 09:56
Posted: 9/5/2017
Location: Turlock, CA
Shape: Light
Duration:1 minute
satellite does rapid button hook maneuver

I awoke at about 4:00 a.m. ( Aug – 25 ) and knew I couldn’t go back to sleep, so I got up and decided to read and perhaps grab a smoke out side, which is what I did.

At 4:30 a.m., I went outside and began to smoke, and as usual, I face north and star gaze and it was very clear, a little fire smoke haze but nothing bad. An airliner was crossing the sky from W-NW to E-SE and was north of my location, I enjoyed the stars as it headed to the Eastern horizon and I turned my head to look toward the western part of the sky for several seconds and turned my head back facing northerly again and saw a very bright satellite slightly north east of my location and headed the same path as the airliner, but the opposite direction. It surprised me I hadn’t seen the hint of the satellite before I turned my head away, it was very bright and I watched it for ~ 10 seconds, and it began to fade in brightness, as is typical.

I took my eye’s off of it to smoke and quickly decided it might flare up again, so I decided to attempt to quickly find it again, so I followed the path I had just seen, and saw a very dim satellite, slightly more north of the assumed path. Here my brain is thinking how the satellite jumped off the straight line path if it was the same satellite, but very quickly, I notice this satellite is in a medium size turn, and not traveling straight. I thought that this thing was going to head north now in view of this turn, (the turn can be best described as less then ¼ the circumference of a dinner plate at arm's length), and then the most fascinating thing happened, this very dim satellite brightened up and did what athletes call “the button hook“ maneuver… it accelerated rapidly in a very tight turn and shot back the direction in which it had come from. I wondered if it was going to trail that airliner.

This was no jet or satellite, this craft was moving at an astonishing speed at the end, and I will surely keep a closer watch on satellites from now on. Are ufo’s now mimicking satellites so as to be less noticeable, it sure seems like it to me.

((NUFORC Note: Witness elects to remain totally anonymous; provides no contact information. PD))