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Occurred : 7/4/2000 22:25 (Entered as : 07/04/2000 22:25)
Reported: 7/5/2000 06:10
Posted: 2/11/2003
Location: Tacoma, WA
Shape: Light
Duration:5 minutes
bright red light hovering above the clouds, then accelerating away.

I spotted a bright red light hanging in the sky. There was light cloud cover in the area. The light was hanging in a clear spot in the sky. At first, I thought it might be a flare, but after 2-3 minutes without moving or changing intensity, I realized it was something other than a flare. The object seemed to have a slight aura around it - it was not an aircraft light. Two of my friends also saw the light after I remarked how it was odd that this light had not moved. After 2-3 minutes, the light began to strobe between bright/medium intensity, then began to accelerate away from me. It seemed to take a slight hooking turn just prior to heading directly away in a straight line. As it passed over a thin cloud, I saw the light shine through the cloud. So, the object/light was higher in altitude than the clouds. The object accelerated smoothly, getting dimmer, and also strobing faster as it traveled away, until it passed out of sight. I've been in the military and my profession is a computer programmer/analyst. I'm familiar with aircraft, weather patterns, and astronomy.

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