|Occurred : 1/30/1999 05:25 (Entered as : 01/30/99 05.25)
Reported: 2/8/2000 09:49
Location: Palm Springs, CA
|Got up early to see the waning moon and how close Venus was to it. Sky is very clear in the desert - no lights near because we are in the north part of town. Looking up at the stars I suddenly saw two lights moving very very high up, from west to east. I said to my partner to look at the lights and she saw them as well - no form discernible. It was the fastest thing I had ever seen (I was an Air Force brat and have been around planes since I was a kid). We followed the lights to the east when they made a very sudden ZIG ZAG and disappeared. I timed this afterwards by counting the time it took for me to move my head to see this - it was seven (7) seconds, and then it was gone.
We rose early in the morning of Sunday January 30, 2000 about 5.15 am PST to see the last quarter of the moon and how close Venus was to it. Our property is in the north part of the city of Palm Springs - higher than the town itself, so there isn't light reflection from the city. My partner went outside on to the patio and turned all the lights off. After looking at the moon we then tilted our heads to look at the stars in the clear desert sky -it was exceptionally clear. As I looked back to the east I saw two lights, very very high, moving very very fast and said to my partner - look at those lights, what's that? The lights moved eastward and then after a few (maybe 5 seconds)seconds, zig zagged sharply to the left and then disappeared. I was very careful to note the time and then timed the incident again by moving my head (I'd previously timed it by saying one and two and - to get the seconds count. I subsequently (during the day I timed a jet) and found that the jet was 5 times slower than what we had seen. The lights moved together; they were tiny, almost pinpoint but the lights themselves were really bright even though small. There was just one object even although we couldn't see any form. This incident took place at our weekend home in Palm Springs, CA.