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Sighting Reports 2009

Bright White Object Moves "Straight Up" & Disappears

Photo and Enlargement of Object.
Photo and Enlargement of Object.

La Mesa is in Southern California About 10 Miles Northeast of San Diego.
La Mesa is in Southern California About 10 Miles Northeast of San Diego.

Date of Sighting: November 24, 2009
Time of Sighting: 3:42 PM PST
Location of Sighting:On Freeway Near La Mesa, California

Description: I was driving on the freeway. The sun was to my right. The sky was clear with no clouds. I saw an object that was going straight up and moving very slow. At the top it was a very bright white. I pulled over and lowered my driver's window. I took the picture from my cell phone. Then it just disappeared all of it tail and light as seen in photo. The resolution on my camera was 2048X1536. I saw it for approximately 2 minutes. There were several people on the freeway looking, but no one pulled over that I know of. Any ideas of what it is?

Response to Investigator Questions: The object was just like the photo, but bigger. The cell phone makes it look smaller, but you can't see the tip in the photo. At first I could not see the bright light at the tip, but it was very bright and white.  It did not seem like it was moving fast if moving at all.  I am not sure how long it was there as I spotted it while driving.  I pulled over, rolled the window down and took the picture. Then all of it just vanished. That is what was real strange as no tail left nothing.  I have never seen anything like it.

Note: By the looks of the photo the object is a jet with visible contrails. The contrails do not extend out very far because they are probably evaporating in the dry atmosphere. However, the witness stated in a subsequent report that the object did not look like a jet. Also the "sudden disappearance" is unusual.