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Occurred : 9/19/1999 08:50 (Entered as : 09/19/99 08:50)
Reported: 9/19/1999 09:57
Posted: 3/21/2003
Location: Santa Barbara, CA
Shape: Other
Duration:8 minutes
I observed an object rising slowly up from about 2000 ft. until it disappeared into the low clouds. It was star shaped and rotating.

I was looking out my bedroom window (facing North) because I heard many sirens in the neighborhood. At that time I observed an object in the sky which at first looked like it might be a plane. However this object was rotating while at the same time moving slowly up and to the south east. I saw lights flashing on and off intermittently. I also photographed it (although by the time I got my camera loaded it was pretty far away). I thought it might be a balloon because of the way it was rising but the way it was rotating vertically and the lights on it were not consistent with a balloon. It was black on the underside and possibly yellow on the top. It really looked like a plane the way it looks when it is free falling from the sky but it was going up and the vertical rotation (rolling motion) was slow. I want to know what this strange object was and if it was reported by any other people in the SB area. I will email you the photos when I get them developed if you are interested. Thank you.