Location: Walnut Creek, CA, USA
Duration: 7-10 seconds
No of observers: 2
Reported: 2002-06-25 23:00:36 Pacific
Posted: 2002-07-01 00:00:00
Bright moving object high in the sky. Changed intensity as it moved.
I looked almost straight up and saw what I thought was a star at first but it began to move slowly. It was about as bright as Venus at first. It then increased in intensity and picked up speed. It then lost some of its intensity but it’s speed stayed steady. I told my girlfriend to look, but just that quickly it became really dim like some far away star. I thought this was strange, as I didn't know satellites to change intensity and pick up speed. Also, I lost sight of it as it dimmed until I could not see it. The whole experience could not have been more than 10 seconds..
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