NUFORC Sighting 62580

Occurred: 2008-04-12 21:30 Local
Reported: 2008-04-13 18:30 Pacific
Duration: 2 minutes
No of observers: 5

Location: Pismo, CA, USA

Shape: Light

Bright orange 'star' seen for 2 minutes by multiple witnesses

My family, friends, and I were camping on Pismo Beach California.

At approx. 21:30 at about 65 degrees up from the horizon, we notice a very bright orange 'star' travelling in a southerly direction. The 'star' was the brightest in the sky.

It moved across half of the night sky and finally faded away in about 8 seconds.

My daughter said she saw a smaller white light continue on afterwards.

Date Local
Time Intensity
( Mag) Alt. Azimuth Distance to
flare centre Intensity at
flare centre
(Mag.) Satellite
11 Apr 20:07:17 -8 65° 137° (SE ) 1.2 km (W) -8 Iridium 83
12 Apr 06:12:37 -5 34° 23° (NNE) 9.5 km (E) -7 Iridium 34
13 Apr 06:06:42 -1 32° 24° (NNE) 29.1 km (E) -7 Iridium 5



Description is remiscent of the flare from an Iridium satellite, although none was visible at the time indicated, on this date. PD

Posted 2008-04-17

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