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Sighting Reports 2009

Strobing Circular White Light Sighted in Night Sky

Tracy is About 50 Miles East of San Francisco.
Tracy is About 50 Miles East of San Francisco.

Date of Sighting: November 5, 2009
Time of Sighting: 8:30 PM
Location of Sighting: Tracy, California (About 50 Miles East of San Francisco)

Description: I spotted a circular shaped strobing, white light in the night sky. It was about the same size as some of the brighter stars and planets. It was at a much higher altitude than commercial air traffic. There was no audible sound like you would expect from a plane or helicopter. The strobe was also blinking much faster than the lights on a chopper and plane typically do. I spotted the object in the Eastern sky about 60 degrees up from the horizon. It was traveling West much faster than the planes I usually see. (I was lucky enough to have to commercial planes in the sky at the same time as this sighting, so speed comparison was easy.) The object then suddenly changed direction to north-northwest and flew out of sight. The object was in my line of sight for maybe a total of 2 to 3 minutes. I had time to get my family from in the house and have them observe it as well.

Note: If all of the observations are accurate I have no explanation for this sighting. A helicopter could exhibit the aerial movements observed, but no sound was heard so this is an unlikely explanation.