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Sighting Reports 2008

12 See Orange-Red Airborne Object With Bright Lights Around Middle

Date of Sighting: July 4, 2008
Time of Sighting: 10:20 to 10:30 PM PDT
Date Sighting Reported: July 11, 2008
Duration of Sighting: 8 to 10 Minutes
Location of Sighting: Simi Valley, California (S. California About 35 MI NW of Los Angeles)
Latitude: 34.27 Degrees North
Longitude: 118.72 Degrees West
Number of Witnesses: Twelve
Number of Witnesses Interviewed: One
Weather: Skies Were Clear. Visibility Was 6 Miles in Haze. Winds Were From the East-Southeast at 10 MPH.

Description: After watching fireworks on the fourth, my family and friends were sitting out by the pool when a huge orange-red flame shaped object appeared in the sky . There was a circle of bright lights around the middle of the object. I got my pair of binoculars from the house to get a closer look. I thought that it was an airplane about to crash into our neighborhood. It was very bright and was moving very slowly towards the ground. There was no sound or noise. As we stood watching (12 people, adults and teenagers) the object moved eastward and slowly back into the sky. I watched it until it completely disappeared. It seemed to go past the farthest star visible by the naked eye. We were able to observe the object for approximately 8 to 10 minutes. Around 11 PM I sighted the object once again only this time it was very high in the sky. It appeared in the same area that it disappeared in. This sighting was very brief. The object was still very bright, but it appeared for approximately 5 to 6 seconds.

Comments: Given the explanation provided by the witness I can't explain this sighting. It occurred after the fireworks display. (I suppose one could speculate that someone launched more fireworks.) However, there were several reports of similar objects in S. California on the same night.