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Sighting Reports 2009

Video Taken of Unknown Aerial Light

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Video of of Unknown Aerial Light
(Parking Lot Lights Are to the Left of the Video)

Still Image Extracted From Video.
Still Image Extracted From Video.

Antioch is in the Bay Area About 25 Miles Northeast of San Francisco.
Antioch is in the Bay Area About 25 Miles Northeast of San Francisco.

Date of Sighting: February 17, 2009
Time of Sighting: 6:45 PM PST
Location of Sighting: Antioch, California (See Map)

Description: I was standing in a parking lot when I noticed a bright yellowish light with a glow around it moving northwest across the sky towards the river. It caught my attention because I have never seen anything that looked like that in the sky before. It was below the clouds, but appeared to be really high up. It was moving slowly through the sky and all the movements were really smooth and it made no noise at all. The wind was blowing in the opposite direction so I don't think it was a balloon.

I then noticed 2 more identical lights following in the same path. Then behind that there were 4 more lights in a square formation. The bottom left object appeared to move and take the position of the top right as the top right dropped back (like they were switching places). As those moved on, 3 more came into view and all followed the same path northwest. In total there were approximately 10-12 yellow lighted objects. After 3 to 5 minutes they moved off into the distance and were out of sight.

I’ve attached 2 videos. They were filmed with my cell phone sideways. The ground is on the left side of the screen. The extremely bright white lights on both videos is from the parking lot lights. The objects I saw are small dots that do seem to flash red and yellow on the video but I didn’t notice that when I was watching them. If you pause video #1 at 28 to 29 seconds, where the street light blurs out the top part of the screen, you can see dots in the distance. Those dots are the yellowish objects I saw. You can still see some in the square pattern with some around them. Video #2 is short but there are 2 objects that appear to be flashing in and out. However I didn’t notice them flashing when I saw them.

Note: I was not able to see the multiple lights in the video as described by the witness. This is not surprising because most video cameras are not designed to collect footage in the night sky. A flashing red light is obvious in the video. (Video #1 is shown in this report.) The identity of the red light in the video is not known. The witness stated that light was moving towards the northwest which he stated was against the wind. (A check of the local balloon sounding shows that the winds aloft were from the southwest to the west in the lower 20,000 Feet of the atmosphere. Therefore the object would have been moving into the wind if it was moving towards the northwest.) Also a check of weather conditions showed that areas of rain was occurring and the cloud ceiling was low. (The ceiling was varying between 3,500 and 5,500 feet.) This suggests that the light (object) was likely flying quite low.