Location: San Jose, CA, USA
Duration: 35 seconds
No of observers: 2
Reported: 2002-04-18 15:39:40 Pacific
Posted: 2002-04-25 00:00:00
Characteristics: Lights on object, Aircraft nearby
Looked like very bright stars over San Jose Ca, but stars don't float that fast across the sky!
Last night(April 17th 2002 at 9:55 pm) my husband had his telescope out to show me how bright venus was. He also was pointing to other planets telling me what they were. I got cold (actually I got bored) and went back into the house. A few minutes later he stuck his head in the door, and said "you gotta come see this!" His eyes were bulging out of his head so I thought maybe I should go. He pointed to what looked like 2 VERY bright stars. One higher than the other. They sorta looked like other group of stars to me, so I said ya, what about them? He said "MY GOD, THEY ARE MOVING". I took a better look and sure enough they were not moving like a plane would, but more like floating and floating very fast. They were both moving at the same pace, one was higher than the other. They were moving from north west to south east. It only took say 30 seconds to move from one side of the sky all the way to the other side. Then all of the sudden the bottom one disapered, right while I was watching! Then within 2 seconds the top one just vanished. Where they were floating it was perfectly clear skys. There were several airplanes in the area, so we could compare movement and lights. These were very different. The light was so intense, especially for as high as they were, Like I said when we first saw them they looked the same size and as far away as the stars. Only these were brighter. And the way they just seemed to float or, I don't even know how to explain it exactly. It was just so different. And they were in perfect harmony with each other. It was 2 crafts, not one with two lights. Well, it was quite a site that we will never forget. To bad neither one of us thought to swing that telescope around and have a better look. But really they were flying to fast for that. Guess I'll have to go star gazing with my husband more often... I never thought it could be so exciting.
ISS and Space Shuttle passed over this area of the U. S. at 20:50 on this date. Please see www.Heavens-above.com. PD
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