|Occurred : 6/6/2000 03:20 (Entered as : 06/06/2000 03:20)
Reported: 6/6/2000 06:27
Location: El Cajon, CA
|SPHERICAL BRIGHT OBJECT IN SOUTHEASTERN SKY OF SAN DIEGO COUNTY EARLY JUNE 6,2000!
While heading east on I-8 as a front passenger in a car,I noticed an object in the southeastern sky about 45 degrees off the horizon. It looked like Venus does when it is at its VERY brightest in the western skies---same size and brightness. Perhaps a bit bigger and brighter,in fact. But it seemed odd to me to expect to see another object such as that or Jupiter,etc,there at that time. It did not move. It just "hung" in the sky. Then,suddenly,it started scintillating more and then it began to dim until it "dimmed out" so to speak. As if it had gone into a fog bank. But it was crystal clear out. All other stars were visible even though much further and smaller,of course. There was no mist nor a single cloud in the entire sky. No objects such as towers or mountains in the way. I've lived in the area for over 50 years(all my life)and am quite familiar with the night sky and terrain at all hours of the day and am a frequent traveller at that late/early hour on that highway. There were no aircraft in the air and this object never displayed blinking lights nor red or green running lights at any time. My son,the driover,did not see it in time because he was leaned back in his seat watching only the road while I (as I often do) was leaned forward and purposely observing the awesome night sky. He noticed how intent I was looking at something,so he asked me what was up and by that time the object had dimmed out totally. We both watched the whole sky intently and then were home about 10 minutes later and watched it further. Nothing out of the ordinary. Best---((deleted)) (do not use my name please).