Location: Santa Rosa, CA, USA
Duration: 8 seconds
No of observers: 2
Reported: 2004-04-17 13:46:26 Pacific
Posted: 2004-04-27 00:00:00
Characteristics: Lights on object
Large Orange Circlular Object Moving Slowly and Silently
I was outside of our home, in the residential neighborhood of Montgomery Village, Santa Rosa, California. It was about 9pm, in the fall, September. I was pacing back and forth next to the sidewalk, speaking with my girlfriend, who was sitting on the curb. As I turned and faced north, out of the corner of my eye, I saw a light in the sky. I turned and faced it and pointed at it and said "Look!". My girlfriend jumped up and we both watched it for about 10 seconds. Then I ran to the front door of my home and yelled at my family to come see. They were slow to respond. By the time I went back to my original position to look at it, it was gone. My girlfriend said it went over the small mountains to the south east.
Its appearance - flawlessly circular, burnt orange, constant hue with small mechanical like random pulsations of equal size on its surface. Moving slowly in a straight line, silent! Size difficult to determine, because of it's circular shape, and dark blue background of the clear night sky. My best estimate - between 40 to 200feet dia, approx. altitude of 400 to 1000ft, approx. speed 40-50 mph. Direction - north north east to south south west. About 10 degrees off of horizontal, decline.
The most striking characteristic of this object was: silent operation. No sound whatever. Also, the appearance of the random pulsations against the burnt orange surface. And it's apparent size in the sky. About 20% larger than a full moon.
Date is approximate. PD
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