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National UFO Reporting Center Sighting Report
Occurred : 11/29/2007 17:45 (Entered as : 11/29/07 17:45)
Reported: 12/16/2007 9:19:36 AM 09:19
Posted: 3/4/2008
Location: Stanislaus/Calaveras Counties (rural), CA
Shape: Light
Duration: 7 minutes
On November 29, 2007 my wife and I were returning to our home in the California Gold Country on California State Route 4 (going east) in the vicinity of the Stanislaus and Calaveras county line. This is a very remote area approaching the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountain range. The area is primarily cattle range land, with a sparse farm house here and there.

At around 17:45 we noticed a large (bigger than a fist) bright light to the south. It appeared to be around 1500 feet agl, and looked to be 2 or 3 miles south of our position. My first impression was that it was a landing light on a commercial aircraft on approach to Stockton Airport, some 30 miles to the west.

As we continued east on Hwy 4 the light remained stationary. Eventually we lost sight of it either due to its departure, or it may have become obscured by the foothills that we were not traversing.

Two days later I drove the same route during the day and confirmed what I already knew: There is not a natural or man made structure anywhere near this area over 100 ft. tall. I also timed the driving time from where we first made the sighting to where we lost sight, a total of 7 minutes.