Occurred: 2005-07-03 20:31 Local
Reported: 2005-07-04 16:24 Pacific
Duration: 30 seconds
No of observers: 2

Location: Palo Alto, CA, USA

Shape: Sphere
Characteristics: Aircraft nearby

Object following airliner briefly, then moving away from it at a rapid pace. After a few seconds, it disappeared completely

My wife and I were taking some photos at the Montebello Open Space Preserve near Palo Alto, CA, while waiting for the sun to go down (we are amateur astronomers). I saw an airliner in the sky and decided to take some pictures of it. While looking through the camera's viewfinder I saw something just behind the airliner, which appeared to be following it briefly. Then it started moving away fairly quickly. It didn't appear to be dropping from the airliner, since it was moving away in an almost horizontal line. It was white or silver in color, and appeared to be round in shape. After a few seconds the object just vanished. I have several photos of the area of sky the airliner was flying in which show it before the object appeared, the airliner with the object, and the airliner after the object disappeared.


We have corresponded with this witness, and find him to be quite credible. He has provided several photos, one of which indicates a small, luminous object, that appears in the clear sky to the left of a commercial jet airliner. The case is under investigation. PD

Posted 2005-07-05

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