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Sighting Reports 2008

Marine Sargent Sees Bright Blinking Blue Light in W. Sky

Date of Sighting: October 4, 2008
Time of Sighting: 1:26 AM PDT
Date Sighting Reported:October 4, 2008
Duration of Sighting: At Least 20 Minutes
Location of Sighting: San Jose, California
Latitude: 37.23 Degrees North
Longitude: 121.76 Degrees West
Number of Witnesses: One
Weather: Scattered Clouds Were at 2,500 Feet, Skies Were Mostly Cloudy at 3,800 Feet, and Overcast at 4,700 Feet. Visibility Was 10 Miles. Winds Were From the South-Southeast at 8 MPH.

Description: I am a Sargent in the Marine Corps. I watched a blinking sold single light, blink on and off. It was about the size of a large star and was blueish white in color. It did not move, and is still there and I have been watching it well over 20 minutes. There are no airplanes in the sky and I don't hear any noise. It is not a slow moving satellite. It is just an odd blinking light, that just blinks on and off. I have never seen it there before. My location is San Jose California 95139. The light is off to the west in the lower part of the sky.

Comments: I at first thought that the witness could be observing the star Altair which was in the lower part of the western sky at the time and location of the sighting. The star was the brightest in this area of the sky (magnitude +0.77). However, given the weather report the witness could not have observed a star. Therefore I don't know what was sighted. Perhaps with more information an explanation could be given.