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Sighting Reports 2008

Man Sees 2 Large Red Flashing Lights in Night Sky

Photo and Enlargement of Light.
Photo and Enlargement of Light.

Date of Sighting: November 15 , 2008
Time of Sighting: 7 to 7:15 PM PST
Date Sighting Reported: November 15, 2008
Duration of Sighting: 15 Minutes
Location of Sighting: Kennewick, Washington (S Central WA About 20 MI From Oregon)
Latitude: 46.19 Degrees North
Longitude: 119.26 Degrees West
Number of Witnesses: One
Weather: Skies Were Clear. Visibility Was 10 Miles. Winds Were From the Northwest at 6 MPH.

Description: I was heading south to southeast on the freeway when I noticed two rather large (compared to a star) reddish gobs of something that seemed to flash mildly. I thought them to be planes or helicopters at first. The only thing I could reference it to is something I saw decades ago. I had seen a rocket launch (did not know it at the time), but it was a glow that slightly quivered and got smaller and faded away in a blur. I had later found out it was a test fire of a rocket/missile in California. What I saw tonight appeared to be moving and heading east. It was so freaky! I pulled off the freeway at a local Safeway and parked facing dead East. These red orbs quivered much like the rocket I had seen and winked out occasionally. The orb on the upper left all of a sudden dropped some pieces like a falling star would drip debris, but it kept on shining in the same spot and did not deviate from this spot. Moments later it winked a few times and then got real small like a pin hole and winked out all together. During this time the orb on the lower right stayed steady bright and glowing reddish. After the first one disappeared it began to wink in and out, but never fragmented like the other. It did wink a few times, reduced to a pinhole and disappeared.This whole event took about 15 minutes. (I called two people to get them to look for it.) I am freaked out for sure.

Second Report by Witness: I did email the local newsroom and have not heard back from them. I had called my wife who was also driving home and see if she saw the lights too, but she did not stop as I did. She only caught a glimpse of the lights (so as not to crash). If this was a pair of meteorites they would have had to be traveling straight away from me. There was no trail, but the debris that fell off the upper left ball of light was similar to what you would see from a falling star crashing through. It almost dripped red burning flakes. These both where positioned like a star in the sky. It was very strange. The only other thing I could think of would be if the space shuttle or space station. I have seen satellites gong over from south to north before when we camped at Long Beach Washington. These red balls where much larger and not moving across the sky. (It appeared when I was in the car moving that they where moving, but this may have been an illusion.) I did get a picture with my cell phone. It is poor quality, but you can see a little dot. This dot may not be the orb as I thought they where a little higher up. Not much could be seen because there was a street lamp right in front of me. I have attached the raw picture. Sorry for the typos. I was real excited while I was typing last night.

Comments: The witness obviously thought he saw something unusual. I tend to agree. A check of the space station and space shuttle positions showed that they would have not been visible at the time and location of the sighting. The photo above has been brightened to better show the light speck that may have been one of the lights sighted by the witness. The photo was of low resolution. However, the fact that only one light shows up (discounting the street light) indicates that the light in the photo was much brighter than stars in the sky because the stars do not show up in the photo. The witness did see debris falling from one light. This suggests that the lights could have been space debris or possibly a meteor, but this is unlikely considering that the lights were observed for 15 minutes.