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Sighting Reports 2009

Bright Light Hovers in Night Sky & Then Dims & Streaks Away

Date of Sighting: October 9, 2009
Time of Sighting: 7:52 PM EDT
Location of Sighting: Redington Shores, Florida (W Coast Florida Near St Petersburg)

Description: I was walking south on the beach when I saw a bright shining light that looked like a planet just west of Jupiter (out over the Gulf of Mexico). It was about 95% of Jupiter's brightness, had about the same diameter and looked to be about the same distance away. I showed it to my daughter. However, she did not continue to look at it. I stopped and watched it for 20 to 30 seconds. It stayed in the same place and did not move. Then, all of a sudden it dimmed to about 10% of its brightness and shot out into the universe. I noticed a very short, whitish tail for a second and then it was gone.

Note: The witness is obviously aware of Jupiter which is very bright in the evening sky this month. Given the description I don't have an explanation for this sighting.