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Sighting Reports 2008

Man Sees Very Bright Object Punch Hole in Clouds

Date of Sighting: December 23, 2008
Time of Sighting: 3:45 PM PST
Date Sighting Reported: December 24, 2008
Duration of Sighting: About One Minute
Location of Sighting: South of Pasadena, California on Highway 605
Latitude: 34.0 Degrees North
Longitude: 118.0 Degrees West
Number of Witnesses: One
Weather: Officially at Los Angeles Airport Skies Were Clear. (The Witness Reported Clouds in the Sky.) Visibility Was 10 Miles. Winds Were Calm.

Description: I was driving south on the Interstate 605 from Pasadena yesterday, December 23, 2008 at around 3:45 PM. I saw a bright light in the sky. It was east of the sun and almost as bright. The light was coming from behind the clouds. The sheer size of the brightness astounded me. It was at least half as bright as the sun was at the time. It lasted for about a minute and then slowly dissipated. After the light was gone there was a hole in the cloud cover it appeared behind, showing nothing but blue sky.

Comments: Holes forming in clouds after objects pass through have been reported. Most recently on November 7, 2006 a hole was reported in a cloud deck after an oval shaped object ascended at O'Hare Airport in Chicago, Illinois. The only discrepancy in this report is that the closest official weather observations show a clear sky and the witness reported cloudiness in the area where the object was sighted. However, cloudiness could deviate at other locations even if they are only a few miles away. (The sighting occurred about 20 miles east of downtown Los Angeles.)

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