NUFORC Sighting 80759

Occurred: 2011-04-04 23:27 Local
Reported: 2011-04-04 23:46 Pacific
Duration: Unknown
No of observers: 1

Location: Buellton, CA, USA

Shape: Light
Characteristics: Lights on object

Larger than Venus with Distinct color changes

I went outside to take the trash down to the curb around 11:27 am. It was a very clear night, no cloud cover, a bit crisp. Great visability. I noticed right away, separate from the other star formations, what appeared to be a rapidly color-changing ball of light, distinctly different from the normal "twinkling" colors of most stars. These were visible colors; not just vague pastel flashes like most stars. The light was single, about 70-degrees above the horizon and exactly southwest of my location (I confirmed this with my iphone compass). The light was larger and brighter than Venus (as a reference), and as mentioned, changed into separate and very distinct colors: red, green, blue, white, yellowish. No particular order to the color changes. No sounds overheard.

I watched for several minutes and even tried to take a video with my phone. However, the darkness surrounding me proved too great for the video, and the light did not show up, nor did anything else except a street lamp, on the video.

No aircraft flying in the sky at this moment, although Vandenberg is about 20-minutes away and due west from my location.

I am a college-educated, medical professional.


We have corresponded with the witness, to inquire whether the object might have been a "twinkling" star, possibly Sirius. She is planning to check that possibility. PD

Posted 2011-05-02

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