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Sighting Reports 2008

Photos Taken of Aerial Objects With Several Red & White Lights

One of Several Photos Taken of  Aerial Objects With Red and White Lights.
One of Several Photos Taken of Aerial Objects With Red and White Lights.
(Note: Photo Has Been Enlarged and Sharpened to Reveal More Detail.)

Date of Sighting: December 6, 2008
Time of Sighting: 1:34 AM PST
Date Sighting Reported: December 15, 2008
Duration of Sighting: Unknown
Location of Sighting: Long Beach, California (About 20 MI S. of LA 3 Miles Inland From Ocean)
Latitude: 33.79 Degrees North
Longitude: 118.1 Degrees West
Number of Witnesses: Two
Number of Witnesses Interviewed: One
Weather: Skies Were Clear. Visibility Was 9 Miles. Winds Were From the West-Northwest at 4 MPH.

Description: Just a note: The settings on the camera (Sony Cybershot) are F2.5/8” (8 Second exposure). I used these settings due to the inability of my camera to take night shots of anything at all. A couple may be lens flares, but the red ones (ALL of the red ones) were pulsating objects that are in our skies almost daily now. There is a hotspot here in Long Beach. Perhaps the only reason we are seeing more than others is because we religiously do nothing more than sit outside with binoculars and a camera on the tripod almost every night since seeing the first triangle.

Anyway, hope you like these. If you think any are something unusual, I will file reports for each. I keep a journal (which hold the drawings) and list each sighting.

In some of the photos you will have to increase the magnification to see them properly. Some are incredible!

Comments: The witness and her husband have been seeing dark triangles with lights (red and white). Although the above photo doesn't show a well defined triangle the long row of red and white lights was initially intriguing. However, further investigation and comments received strongly suggest that the red lights in the above photo are red light (anti-collision) beacons located on the left wing of aircraft per FAA regulations. The above photo was taken with an eight second exposure. Eight red lights in the photo are indicative of a one second interval of the beacon "on/off" sequence.

Comments Received December 19, 2008:
An 8 second exposure = 8 red lights with paired white flashes in between?
Try a red anti-collision beacon at 1 sec. interval, alternating with white wingtip strobes, as per FAA regs.
I suspect this is a rare sighting of the elusive Boeing 737, or similar.