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Sighting Reports 2008

Woman Sees Fiery Object Descend From Sky

Map Showing Mono Lake, Apple Valley, and Military Complexes in Sighting Area.
Map Showing Mono Lake, Apple Valley, and Military Complexes in Sighting Area.

Date of Sighting: July 1, 2008
Time of Sighting: 10:15 AM PDT
Date Sighting Reported: July 3, 2008
Duration of Sighting: Few Seconds
Location of Sighting: Mono Lake, California (See Map)
Latitude: 38.02 Degrees North
Longitude:119.12 Degrees West
Number of Witnesses: Two
Number of Witnesses Interviewed: One
Weather: Skies Were Clear. Visibility Was 10 Miles. Winds Were Light and Variable.

Description: I saw what looked like a meteorite flashing across the sky towards the horizon from East to West, but it disappeared or seemed to burn out before it hit the earth from my vantage point. It looked like it was on fire or burning up maybe as it hit the atmosphere. I was standing on the North Shore of Mono Lake when I saw it.

Second Report by Witness (In Response to Investigator Questions): I was looking South. The object was visible only for a few seconds and I didn't hear any noise. There was another person there at the time. (I have no contact information on them.) The other witness didn't hear anything either. I didn't know that you could see meteors during the day. There is always something new to experience!

Comments: We have received a similar report from Apple Valley, California. The above map shows the location of this sighting and the Apple Valley sighting. Both the LA Times and Victorville, CA Daily Press contained articles about the incident. The identity of the object is still unknown, but the above report suggests that it could have been a meteor. The above report indicates that the object was between Apple Valley and Mono Lake because of the direction of the sightings. Given the large distance between locations (see map) indicates that the object must have been large and quite high in the atmosphere when first sighted.