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Occurred : 4/9/2000 20:00 (Entered as : 04/09/00 20:00)
Reported: 4/10/2000 22:06
Posted: 3/11/2003
Location: Temple City, CA
Shape: Light
Duration:7-9 sec
as i had submitted in march, again a satelite passing over due south, unnoticeable otherwise, initiates a strobe lens opening, intensifying for 5-7 sec, then fading to unnoticeable. this as though photo oping a given area or zone. altitude unk other than to say at satelite elevation I'm curious, as this was the same observation I reported in March, though I believe then the tract being due north along the same longitudinal path.

((NUFORC Note: The report sounds reminiscent of the flash that can be caused by an Iridium satellite. Our thanks to Lexy for having researched the issue, and reported her findings back to NUFORC. She has discovered that this report possibly is consistent with an Iridium satellite. Her message to NUFORC is shown below. PD))

((BEGIN MESSAGE))

Hi Peter
> The cases below were selected because the witnesses described the objects as
> satellites that did something with light (pulsed, flared, etc.)-prime
> candidates for flares. Both cases matched with flare data. I'll go ahead and
> look for this kind of prime data-selecting what to me appear to be prime
> flare cases.
> Iridium flare cases:
> There are two hits on Iridium flares between 4/1/2000 and 4/14/2000.
> 1) NUFORC posting: 4/6/00 San Antonio Texas 21:08
> Satellite #17: 4/6/00 at 21:07 flared in northern sky over San Antonio,
> Texas
> with a -4 magnitude flare (very bright) at 30 degees altitude.
> 2) NUFORC posting: 4/9/00 Temple City California 20:00
> Satellite #42: 4/9/00 at 20:12 flared in northen sky over Temple City,
> with a -3 magnitude flare at 34 degrees altitude.
> Cheers, Lexy
> Note: The times given are from the location of witness.

((END MESSAGE))