NUFORC Sighting 72148

Occurred: 2009-09-07 21:15 Local
Reported: 2009-09-08 08:05 Pacific
Duration: 20 minutes
No of observers: 3

Location: San Jose, CA, USA

Shape: Light
Characteristics: Lights on object, Changed Colo

Brilliant red light sighted over San Jose.

Last night, my son in law, my wife, and I observed a brilliant red light.

It was noticed just as we were watching the ISS fly over our location. The object was traveling from the northwest to the southeast at around 60 degrees. We observed it as a solid red light.

It’s motion was far slower than the aircraft flying in the area. It appeared to change its velocity and direction. It’s magnitude was approximately 1.5 and faded to a yellowish orange before disappearing. Even while it was fading, it would brighten up at times to about 1.0 magnitude (as compared to the surrounding stars in the southern sky.

Possible night balloon? Satellite would not have altered course and would not have reflected such a brilliant red. Could be some sort of space junk or object recently sent up.

Posted 2009-12-12

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